Good won’t seek re-election

By on December 3, 2014

Daughter’s murder major factor in decision


Ephrata Borough Council man Robert Good will not seek reelection

Ephrata Borough Council man Robert Good will not seek reelection

The tragic loss of his daughter along with the exhaustion of his 12-year tenure have brought Ephrata Borough Councilman Robert Good to a decision: he will not seek re-election in 2015.

Good made the announcement, during pre-council comments, at Monday night’s meeting, the first he attended since his daughter’s murder a month ago in suburban Philadelphia.

“I don’t want to be premature but it is necessary to say this: I will not be seeking re-election for council next year,” said Good. “Those who may be interested in running should have time to prepare some type of campaign and this should be worked out in plenty of time to run in the Fourth Ward.”

Good said he did not make the decision lightly but that it came down to just two factors. First, he said that he does believe in term limits and that 12 years on council was enough.

“It’s time for someone else with perhaps fresher ideas and maybe other visions for how Ephrata should move forward to serve,” he said.

But foremost on Good’s mind was a dedication to devote more time to his family in the aftermath of his daughter’s death.

Good’s daughter, Jacinda Miller, 41, a combat fitness instructor at the YMCA of the Brandywine Valley in Chester County, was shot by an estranged boyfriend as she arrived at work the evening of Nov. 4. Her attacker, Dennis Cassel, 42, shot himself as police arrived on the scene. Both were later pronounced dead at nearby Brandywine Hospital. Police said evidence made it clear Cassel had planned the murder-suicide, according to a report in the Daily Local News.

Miller was the mother of two young sons.

“I feel I have a responsibility to see my term through and to try and make good decisions, but after what has happened to our family, I just do not want to go further,” said Good.

“With that, I’m looking forward to the next year. I don’t want to get way ahead of myself but I did want to publicly announce that I will not seek re-election.”

Good has been present on council through many important decisions. Most recently, he took an active role in the planning of the renovations at the Ephrata Community Swimming Pool, the new skate park and conditions around the Whistle Stop Plaza. He has taken an interest in the needs and concerns of the borough youth, developing a relationship with many. Good also served for two years as council president.

Prior to announcing his retirement, Good expressed his gratitude for the outpouring of care and support shown him and his family in the face of their loss.

“I want to again thank everyone publicly, council members, borough staff, employees, residents and the police department for all their support and caring and outreach provided to my wife and me at the death of my daughter,” Good remarked.

“It is very much appreciated. Hopefully none of you ever have to go through something like this, but truly we could not have made it without the support of those who care.”

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