Westmont woman seeks Cambria treasurer seat


A Westmont Borough resident is seeking the Republican nomination for Cambria County treasurer.

Teena Bafile Petrus of Pitt Avenue, Johnstown, said she believes her experience as a former business owner will help her if elected as county treasurer.

“I am running for treasurer to help bring the department into the 21st century, with fresh eyes on all of the county’s problems. I’m not going in there to clean house. I’m in there to work with everyone. I’ve been a wife, a mom, a graphic designer, a successful business owner,” Petrus said. “Now that my children are adults, I have the freedom to pursue a career of public service where I can make a difference.”

“My unique skill sets of organization and administration will help streamline operations and work cohesively with the other departments within the county row offices. A fresh viewpoint always provides new ideas and processes, which helps streamline any organization,” she added.

If elected, Petrus said she would like to hear from people who work in the courthouse currently and to hear their ideas on how the treasurer’s office could run more smoothly.

The 57-year-old Republi­can candidate said she has been a longtime resident of Westmont Borough and was the owner of The Crystal Quill, a graphic design and marketing company that was open for almost 20 years.

She was elected as senior inspector of elections in Westmont in 2017.

The candidate said she is a field editor for the Taste of Home magazine. In her spare time, she teaches cooking and calligraphy classes and enjoys taking classes at the community college to sharpen her skills. The most recent class she took was American Sign Language, keeping the quote her father told her in mind: “If you rest, you rust.”

Petrus has an associate degree from Cambria Rowe Business College.

She is the mother of two children, Donovan and Veronica. Her husband of 25 years, Larry, unexpectedly passed away on St. Patrick’s Day 10 years ago.