Christopher Soff - for County commissioner
Crawford County Commissioner John Christopher Soff, 267 Jefferson Street in the City of Meadville, has announced his plans to seek the Democrat nomination for re-election to the position of Crawford County Commissioner in the upcoming spring primary. A graduate of both Meadville Area Senior High School and the Crawford County Vo-Tech in 1982, Soff went on to obtain a BS Degree in French from The Pennsylvania State University in 1986, graduating with High Honors and achieving the award of Phi Beta Kappa.
Soff previously served as a Crawford Central School Board Director from 1993 - 1997, Meadville City Councilman from 2006 - 2010, Mayor of the City of Meadville from 2010 - 2016 and Crawford County Commissioner from 2016 - present. Professionally, he owned and operated Hunter’s News in downtown Meadville and was Vice President/Secretary/Treasurer of Allegheny Casualty Company.
Soff is proud of the professional working relationship he has maintained with his fellow Commissioners and the staffs and the departments that comprise county government. He indicated that there were hard decisions made and action taken on issues long deferred or previously unfinished. Referring to the statement that he made four years ago seeking the office, “I ran for this office because of my history of working together with my fellow elected officials at each level, the various staffs involved and the citizens of Crawford County in handling the difficult tasks and understanding Crawford County’s needs, wants and available funds. Effective County government is being able to maintain that delicate balance. We move forward together by arriving at consensus and making the difficult decisions.” Soff believes that he continues to carry out the responsibilities entrusted to him, acting in the best interests of all. He asks for an additional four years to continue serving the needs of the people through the most prudent fiscal paths available.
Married to Lori A. Soff since 1991, their daughter Victoria L. Soff is a young business professional living and working in Crawford County. Soff , aside from the aforementioned government service, has also served his community in various capacities: Meadville Wolves Club, (Past local President/Treasurer, past National Secretary/Director), Meadville Kiwanis Club (Past Director), Iroquois Boating and Fishing Club, (Past President/Trustee), United Way of Western Crawford County, The City of Meadville Shippen Fountain Committee (Past Chair), Meadville Area Water Authority, Meadville Streetscape Committee, Meadville Shade Tree Commission (Past Chair), Meadville Medical Center Finance Committee, Community Health Services Board of Directors and Economic Progress Alliance Board of Directors. Soff is also a member of Black Ash Sportsman, Inc., Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 2006 (Social), Meadville Roundtable, Vernon Central Hose Company (Social), Italian Civic Club (Social) and is a Corporator for both the Economic Progress Alliance and Meadville Medical Center