Collegeville Candidates – 2019

Kathy Costello

Collegeville Borough Council

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Kathy has lived in Collegeville for over 23 years with her husband John. She is retired from Quest Diagnostics were she was a project lead, prior to that she served our country as a Sergeant in the USAF. She majored in Environmental Science at East Stroudsburg University. Currently she is a Democratic committee person in Collegeville 2 and also worked as Chairperson for Senator Katie Muth’s successful senatorial campaign. Kathy is dedicated to the revitalization of Collegeville and working to strengthen the relationship between the Borough and Ursinus College. She is an active member of the Borough’s Business Development Committee as well as the CEDC. She has one son and two grandchildren.


Craig Farr

Collegeville Borough Council

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Craig has lived in Collegeville for 29 years with his wife Linda. They have three sons & five grandchildren. Craig is a retired toxicologist and chemical industry executive. He received his PhD in toxicology from Utah State University. He has served on several local not-for-profit Boards, including the United Fund of Collegeville/Trappe and the Community Music School. He volunteers at the Norristown Hospitality Center and The Literacy Council of Norristown helping folks in need. Craig has extensive experience in managing large budgets, diverse teams and complex programs both from his years in industry and serving on boards. He wants to engage the Collegeville community and attract new businesses to our area.


Gary Hoffman

Collegeville Borough Council

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Gary has lived in Collegeville since 2014.  He moved here with his young daughter because of his positive experiences of Collegeville as a Ursinus College undergraduate.  He is currently serving on Borough Council here and is on the Public Safety Committee.  He was born and raised in Pottstown PA, and knows our area very well.  He graduated from Ursinus in 1990 with a degree in Economics/Business Administration.  Gary works at BYN Mellon as a Project Manager and Business Analysist.  At work he strives to help develop strong and cohesive groups, a skill he will bring to the committees he works on as a member of Borough Council.  He looks forward to working to improve the quality of life of all Collegeville residents.


Valarie Beckius

Collegeville Borough Council


Valarie has been a resident of Collegeville for more than 18 years and has served as both a community and school volunteer. She is an Elementary and Special Education teacher with a master’s degree from Penn State University. She has had experience as president of several organizations and served on various committees where she organized events, solved problems, and managed budgets.




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