Jonathan Warnock has announced that he will seek the Democratic nomination as a member of Indiana Borough Council in the Fourth Ward.
Warnock, a resident of Water Street, is a professor in the Department of Geoscience at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. In a news release, he said his parents taught him the value of service, volunteering and an appreciation of nature which led him to become a climate scientist.
Warnock currently serves as co-director of the Sustainability Studies Program and minor at IUP and on the Steering Committee of the Indiana County Sustainable Economic Development Task Force. Warnock’s primary achievement on that committee was to partner with a nonprofit, Solar United Neighbors, to bring solar energy to homes around Indiana County. He said this effort not only reduces electricity costs to participating homeowners, it also will provide jobs to local solar panel installers this summer.
Warnock said he hopes to continue his work introducing sustainability to the borough in ways that benefit taxpayers and the local economy. He also said he looks forward to improving relationships between the community and university and helping the council to continue work on issues of equality. An avid gardener, Warnock also hopes to expand the Indiana County Farmers Market and work with the Indiana County Sustainable Economic Development Task Force on its “Local Foods, Local Places” action plan.
Warnock said he is an advocate of keeping both Horace Mann and Eisenhower elementary schools open and operating in the borough. He said research shows that small schools foster academic achievement.
Warnock lives in Indiana with his partner, an environmental chemist at Environmental Services Labs. He encourages residents to learn more about the Indiana County Solar Co-Op at solarunitedneighbors.org/indianacounty.
Council members Ben Ford, Peter Broad and Sara Stewart have announced their candidacy for re-election as Democrats in May. Six council seats are open this year.