Luke Myslinski
BOROUGH COUNCIL  – WARD 2
FRANKLIN PARK BOROUGH

Luke moved to Pittsburgh in 1998 to attend Pitt, and decided to never leave. He moved to the North Hills in 2002, when he began working for former US Rep. Melissa Hart. Luke worked in Melissa’s North Hills office, focusing mostly on Veterans’ & IRS issues. He then moved over to the campaign office and ran her 2004 & 2006 re-election bids.

In 2007, Luke opted for a career change and joined Justus ADR Services, an alternate dispute resolution company with a mission to help people settle costly civil litigation as amicably and fairly as possible. He still works there today, directing all of the company’s operations and working hand-in-hand with the mediators that resolve disputes daily.

Luke has been a resident of Brook Park for 9 years, and would never consider leaving. He lives here in Franklin Park with his family; they thoroughly enjoy all that the neighborhood and Borough have to offer, including the pool, parks, organized activities and more.
In December 2018, longtime Ward 2 Council member and Past-President Jane Hopey retired, and Luke interviewed for, and was selected as, her replacement. Luke chairs Council’s Finance Committee, and also serves on the Public Works, Technology and Parks & Recreation Committees. He also serves as Council’s Delegate to the Allegheny County Borough’s Association.

Luke is committed to ensuring that Franklin Park remains the best community in Pennsylvania by continuing to build on the excellent foundation laid out by our current and former leaders. Franklin Park is an amazing community, with one of the lowest tax rates, and debts and expenditures per capita in Allegheny County. Our park system and golf course are second to none, as are our Police and Fire Departments. Our Public Works Department is the envy of the North Hills. Luke firmly believes that his job as a public servant is to continue this excellence and to support the well-maintained balance between further development and preserving Franklin Park’s character.

John Parks
BOROUGH COUNCIL  – WARD 2
FRANKLIN PARK BOROUGH

John is now retired from full time employment after 45 years as an employee benefit consultant and actuary. He was President of a consulting firm which ultimately became part of the Actuarial Consulting Group of Principal Financial. Currently he consults on selected projects as an expert witness.

While at Principal John was responsible for International Retirement and OPEB Consulting projects as well as assisting the Principal Government Relations office in the area of Defined Benefit Plan issues. Additional duties include strategic planning and special sales presentations.

Degrees/Certifications

  • B.S. in mathematics, Juniata College, Huntingdon, Pennsylvania
  • Enrolled Actuary (E.A.)
  • Member, American Society of Pension Actuaries (M.S.P.A.)
  • Fellow, Conference of Consulting Actuaries (F.C.A.)
  • Member, American Academy of Actuaries (M.A.A.A.)
  • Professional Involvement
  • American Academy of Actuaries
    • President – 2009
    • President Elect – 2008
    • Secretary-Treasurer – 2004-2007
    • Past Vice President – Pensions – 2002 – 2003
    • Executive Committee – Member
    • Board of Directors – Member
    • Technology Committee – Member & Past Chair
  • Committee on Qualifications – Past Member
  • Editor – Enrolled Actuaries Report
  • American Society of Pension Actuaries
    • Past President – 2000
    • Board of Directors – 1992 – 1996
    • Executive Committee – 1996 – 2001
    • Technology Committee – Member & Past Chair
  • Conference of Consulting Actuaries
    • Secretary of the Conference – 2004-2006
    • Board of Directors – Past Member
    • Past Vice President – Professionalism
    • Vice President – Member Services
  • North American Actuarial & Consulting Services (NORACS)
    • Member & Past Chair
  • Habitat for Humanity Pittsburgh/Braddock Past Member of Board of Directors
  • Appalachia Youth Construction Project – 20 years
  • YMCA Past Member of Board of Management
  • Philmont Scout Ranch Backpacking: 8 years taking co-ed crew
  • Adult Administrator – Co-ed Venturing Crew, Boy Scouts of America
  • Volunteer carpenter for Katrina, Sandy and Tuscaloosa disaster reconstruction projects.
  • Continuous Volunteer – Beaver County Habitat for Humanity.
  • Fire Police Officer – Franklin Park Volunteer Fire Company. December 2015 to present
  • Captain Fire Police – Franklin Park Volunteer Fire Company September 2018 to present
  • Member of Council – Borough of Franklin Park, PA – December 2014 to present.
  • Vice President of Council Borough of Franklin Park, PA – January 2018 to present.
  • September 2014 – Completed 500 mile walk (pilgrimage) across Northern Spain known as the Camino de Santiago

Jim Lawrence
BOROUGH COUNCIL – WARD 3
FRANKLIN PARK BOROUGH

As a member of Borough Council I will maintain the Borough’s low tax rate while continuing to provide the outstanding public services for which we have been recognized.

I’m very proud to be part of making Franklin Park Number 1 in the State of Pennsylvania.

  • Served on Council Since: Jan 2005
  • Served as a judge of elections for 8 years
  • Graduate of Penn State University
  • Serves on the board of Penn State Greater Allegheny
  • Vice President of the World Campus Society of Penn State
  • Treasurer of Operation Valor Arts
  • Veteran of the United States Army during Vietnam
  • Board member of the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries
  • Past President and awarded their Lifetime Achievement honor
  • National Board Member.
  • Over 40 years in the Specialty metals business as Vice President, General Manager, and Plant Manager.
  • Currently a Reporter for a worldwide organization called FastMarkets in the metals industry

Family
Jim is a proud husband to Barbara, father to daughters Stephanie and Julie, and grandfather to three very wonderful and beautiful granddaughters, Abby, Madison, and Kaitlyn.

Laura Coombs
BOROUGH COUNCIL – WARD 1
FRANKLIN PARK BOROUGH

Laura Coombs has enjoyed serving the Borough of Franklin Park residents for the past 15 years as both a Borough Council Member and a Planning Commission Member. Laura Coombs, with her combined years of experience and knowledge, is a treasured and informed asset to our community.

Laura has been a resident of Franklin Park for 22 years and feels fortunate to live in and represent our beautiful community which has been Voted Best Place to Live in PA two years in a row by USA Today and 24/7 Wall Street. As a Council Member, Laura has worked hard to keep the real estate tax rate at the 3rd lowest of the 130 municipalities in Allegheny County while continuing to maintain a high level of services. Franklin Park has a fully staffed professional police force, a productive public works department, an exemplary parks and recreation department and professional administrative staff to assist our residents.

Laura’s goal during the next four years is to build on these strengths and continue our progress in maintaining our community as a top place to live.
You can help her achieve this goal by voting for Laura Coombs in November’s General Election on November 5, 2019.

We will be highlighting Laura’s many accomplishments on our page before the General Election on Tuesday November 5th. We cannot stress enough how important every election is and why we need to support our endorsed candidates.