On the Nov. 5 ballot, there are five candidates vying for four four-year seats on the Troy Borough Council. The Review sent questionnaires to all five candidates. Their answers are printed below, except for Kyle Wisel, who did not respond to the questionnaire. The others seeking the four-year seats are James Warn, Krystle Bristol, Robert Ives, and Mark Colton.

There are also two people, Jennifer Malehorn and Joey Mignano, running for a two-year seat on council. Their answers are also printed below.

Robert Gee is running a write-in campaign for a seat on Troy Borough Council, he did not answer the questionnaire.

Name: Krystle Bristol

Age: 28

Address: 45 Bristol Lane, Troy, PA 16947

Office sought: Troy Borough Council Person

Political party: Republican

Occupation: Business Manager, Bristol Excavating, Inc.

Education: Corning Painted Post West High School, Corning Community College, Mansfield University

1. Why are you seeking the office?

Like most candidates in this election, I have a genuine concern for the taxpayers of the Borough of Troy. In addition to this, I am a fiscal conservative, creative problem solver, and I feel that my beliefs and values are a good representative of the majority of my constituents.

2. What are your credentials for being an effective representative?

I work in a local family owned business with my husband and father-in-law. In my position I manage day to day operations including payroll, budgeting, regulation compliance, administrative tasks, and various other projects. A borough is in essence a business; there are employees, revenues and expenses to manage. All of these areas I have experience in and manage daily in my career. In addition to my experience, I am very active in our community and serve on many boards and committees including: Troy Chamber of Commerce (vice president), Troy Borough-Alparon Park Municipal Authority (board member), Bradford County Boroughs Association (vice president), Bradford County Republican Committee (elected committee person representing Troy Borough) and the Bradford County Council of Republican Women (second vice president).

3. What have you done to deserve re-election?

Over the past four years I have made it a priority to be an active member of council. The job that the taxpayers of Troy elected me to do, I do not take lightly. I have voted against the grain on several issues that I have felt would not effectively serve the taxpayers of the borough. On the other hand, there have also been numerous projects completed since I took office that have been a collective effort of all members of council, the borough manager, and the mayor. Those projects include the purchase of the sale barn property that secured a "right of way" for the borough and has resulted in hundreds of thousands of dollars of revenue from the sale of bulk water (that has paid for several capital improvement projects and is satisfying the debit that was previously covered by the water bill surcharge); numerous road, sewer, and water infrastructure repairs and upgrades; receiving an ARLE (Automated Red Light Enforcement) Grant to upgrade the right light (currently underway); and numerous other projects that have been completed over the last four years.

4. What are the top three issues as you see them and what would you do about them?

A. Taxation: The issue of taxation should be the number one concern of every elected official from local to federal government. As an elected official the taxpayers have entrusted me to help determine how their money is best spent. I will do everything in my power to ensure that taxpayer dollars are spent wisely and on projects that will benefit the most residents in the borough.

B. Transparency in Government: I am a strong believer in the public's right to know how their government functions, what projects are being considered or completed, and where their money is being spent. I have been a proponent of the Borough's website that launched in March (www.troyborough.com) and an advocate of holding council meetings in the evening so that more residents can possibly attend.

C. Infrastructure Repairs and Upgrades: Some of the biggest concerns that I hear from residents of the Borough are street and sewer issues. I know firsthand how frustrating it can be to live on a street in dire need of repairs. I also know from my professional experience how costly street restoration and sewer repair projects can be. Street, sewer, and water infrastructure repairs will be an ongoing challenge for years to come. It is my goal to get projects completed based on necessity and without adding any additional unnecessary financial burden to the taxpayers.

5. In the coming years, how would you like to see your municipality use its revenue from the impact fee on gas drilling?

Some of the money received has already been used to purchase the new police car. Aside from that, there are several bridges in the borough that need to be repaired or replaced in the near future. Bridge and street restorations are costly and using the funds to repair them would benefit most residents.

6. What is your philosophy about taxation?

I am a conservative. I believe in small government and a government that operates within its means. In our current economic climate, creative budgeting is almost always required. This means prioritizing capital improvement projects, taking advantage of ways to accrue revenue from sources other than taxpayers (i.e. the sale of bulk water) and keeping a watchful eye on all Borough expenses; even the smallest ones can add up.

7. How have you been campaigning?

In a small town, the best campaign strategy is to be available to the people. I make sure to go to as many community sponsored events as my schedule allows throughout the year (not just on election years). I enjoy talking to members of the community about the current state of affairs in the Borough and listening to their suggestions, concerns and input.

Name: Mark V. Colton

Age: 44

Address: 243 Newland Dr., Troy, PA 16947

Office sought: Troy Borough Councilman 4 year seat

Political party: Republican

Occupation: Computer Programmer

Education: Bachelor of Science in Computer Science

1. Why are you seeking the office?

It would be a great honor to serve the residents and businesses of Troy Borough, working to improve the quality of life for all who live, work and visit here. I feel like it is time for some changes in the local government, and I feel ready to help make some positive ones for all of us.

2. What are your credentials for being an effective representative?

I am a veteran of the USAF, have obtained two college degrees and have served on several school, community and church boards over the last 20 years. This blend of experience will enable me to make wise decisions for the community we all live in.

3. If you are the incumbent, what have you done to deserve re-election?

4. If you are a challenger, what have you done to prepare for holding the office?

Talking with neighbors, business owners and friends who visit the borough, I have heard what the concerns of the community are and am ready to find solutions to make those concerns go away.

5. What are the top three issues as you see them and what would you do about them?

Issue #1- The transparency of the Borough Council needs to be addressed first and foremost. I have heard on several occasions that the Borough Council is not doing enough to inform members of the community as what the business decisions are. The meetings of the council are not at a time when the general community can attend and that needs to be addressed.

Issue #2- Water and sewer system upgrades and maintenance...A lot needs to be done to resolve this issue, and it will not be an easy one to fix.

Issue #3- Fiscal responsibility of the Borough Council. We need to show a balanced budget and that all revenue is spent wisely and for the benefit of the borough itself.

6. In the coming years, how would you like to see your municipality use its revenue from the impact fee on gas drilling?

Improvements to the infrastructure of the borough is the most logical way to use these funds. Putting money into the roads, water and sewer system and the buildings would provide a benefit to all residents and visitors now and in the future.

7. What is your philosophy about taxation?

Taxation is necessary to maintain services of the borough such as police and fire protection, emergency services and infrastructure improvements. All citizens will benefit with proper taxation combined with responsible government fiscal management.

8. How have you been campaigning?

By using a grassroots campaign, I have shown that it does not take money to win in an election. Meeting people, listening to them and making their vote count are far more important than flyers, mailers and signs along the road. I enjoy talking to people and it is nice to know that the community responds to that.

Name: Robert G. Ives

Age: 62

Address: 103 Chestnut St., Troy

Office sought: Borough Councilman

Political party: Republican

Occupation: Self-Employed Upholsterer

Education: High school graduate, plus two-year carpentry apprenticeship program

1. Why are you seeking the office?

I will be completing the fourth year of my first term as a Troy Boro councilman in 2014. I am seeking re-election in order to continue representing the residents of Troy Boro in the effective resolution of the social and economic challenges that are brought before the Council for consideration and action.

2. What are your credentials for being an effective representative?

As a community member, I have an appreciation of volunteerism and public service. As a self-employed businessman and craftsman, I have an appreciation of an organized process toward the achievement of positive results.

3. If you are an incumbent, what have you done to deserve re-election?

During my first term as a councilman, we examined and achieved results on a variety of immediate issues such as: repair or replacement of sewer and water lines in critical areas, examination and redesign of the police force, involvement with the mobility study and many other issues as presented before the council. The diversity of these issues has provided experience and knowledge that I can apply toward expediting current ongoing projects and for any future planning needs of the borough.

4. If you are a challenger, what have you done to prepare for holding the office?

N/A

5. What are the top three issues as you see them and what would you do about them?

The top three issues that I feel are important are roads and sidewalks, water and waste and zoning. The council is in the process of codifying zoning and I hope to participate with other council members in the successful completion of this project along with the continued need to address infrastructure problems as they arise.

6. In the coming years, how would you like to see your municipality use its revenue from the impact fee on gas drilling?

The implementation of the mobility study recommendations, as approved by the required agencies is a top priority to ensure increased safety for area residents and travelers.

7. What is your philosophy about taxation?

The role of a council member is to effectively manage the revenue acquired from taxes by prioritizing short- and long-range needs of the borough. Seeking additional monies through grants or other funding resources, as available, can help offset some of these costs.

8. How have you been campaigning?

Public awareness through newspaper articles, such as this, which focuses on the candidates and the issues; along with personal introduction and interaction with borough residents.

Name: James Warn

Age: 70

Address: 1167 Redington Ave., Troy

Office sought: Troy Borough Councilman

Political party: Democratic

Occupation: Retired- Supervisory Investigator, FDA

Education: Colorado College; University of Colorado- BA -major zoology, minor chemistry; Federal Law Enforcement Training Center; numerous technical and management seminars at a variety of universities.

1. Why are you seeking the office?

Over the last four years, there has been good progress concerning all areas of borough management and maintenance. As a four year incumbent, I would like to continue to contribute and believe my experience would be of value.

2. What are your credentials for being an effective representative?

Since moving to Troy, I have been involved in various community projects. Having lived and worked in several states, I have gained a broad perspective on community issues. My many years of supervising a large professional workforce have given me the skills to listen to and work well with people.

3. If you are an incumbent, what have you done to deserve re-election?

I have been Finance Committee Chairman for four years. During this time, the borough has completed numerous projects well within budget. The latest annual audit confirmed well managed finances and a good financial position. I have always voted independently for what I believed to be in the community's best interest.

4. If you are a challenger, what have you done to prepare for holding the office?

N/A

5. What are the top three issues as you see them and what would you do about them?

A. To manage borough needs within our means and prioritize these needs keeping in mind that we can not do everything at once. We should solicit more community input to set these priorities such as was recently demonstrated in the great interest residents of the Troy area exhibited over the future of the sale barn.

B. To preserve the charming Victorian character of this town. We have a beautiful community which needs to be maintained. It is obvious that borough residents have a "pride of place" attitude which should continue to be supported. I would like to work towards eliminating blight and hold absentee landlords accountable for property maintenance. We have taken a step towards this goal by recently requiring the property owner (landlord) to be responsible for paying the water/sewer bills for his property. This eliminates the need for the borough to run down delinquent tenants.

C. To continue to provide open and transparent government and to welcome positive and constructive suggestions concerning improvements. Over the past year or so, we have made significant positive changes in the way we have been conducting our open monthly Council meetings and in soliciting public comment. Attendance and interest by the public has increased regardless of whether day or evening meetings were held. I would like to emphasize that residents should also feel free to contact the Borough Hall or any Council person directly with any current or pressing concerns when they occur, rather than waiting to address the Council during the monthly meetings. This could result in a more timely response.

6. In the coming years, how would you like to see your municipality use its revenue from the impact fee on gas drilling?

The impact fee should be held in reserve to maintain any and all Borough services and assets impacted by this industry. This would include Police Department support through equipment and personnel costs and road and bridge repairs.

7. What is your philosophy about taxation?

Taxation is necessary to support the community's wants and needs. As residents, we are beneficiaries of these services. Therefore, it is our duty and responsibility to contribute to these costs. Taxes, however, should be tailored towards these wants and needs and then utilized in the most cost-effective way.

8. How have you been campaigning?

By word of mouth.

Name: Joey Mignano

Age: 30

Address: 1122 W Main St., Troy, PA 16947

Office sought: Troy Borough Council

Political party: Democrat

Occupation: Chef at Vinnie's Pizza

Education: Bachelor's Degree in Sociology from Mansfield University

1. Why are you seeking the office?

To improve the quality of the town, and to make Troy attractive for new small businesses.

2. What are your credentials for being an effective representative?

As a member of a local, family-owned restaurant, I know many of the residents and hear their concerns every day.

3. If you are the incumbent, what have you done to deserve re-election?

N/A

4. If you are a challenger, what have you done to prepare for holding the office?

I've attended meetings for over two years, and have learned many of the mechanics and procedures of borough meetings.

5. What are the top three issues as you see them and what would you do about them?

#1: Water/sewer infrastructure. As a council member, I would look at assessing the longevity of the sewer plant and water lines, and, if necessary, seek expert advice to discuss the long term upgrades and costs.

#2: Police staff. I would help make the necessary budgetary decisions that would allow for another officer (ideally full-time) in the borough.

#3: Borough meetings. There have been many issues concerning the meetings, and while many have been addressed and dealt with, there is always room for improvement.

6. In the coming years, how would you like to see your municipality use its revenue from the impact fee on gas drilling?

Fix bridges and roads, or set aside for unexpected situations

7. What is your philosophy about taxation?

Taxes are necessary, but spending them wisely should be a top priority for local government.

8. How have you been campaigning?

I have been speaking with borough residents on specific issues over several months, and I feel that a personal approach to campaigning has been an effective way to understanding the public's concerns.

Name: Jennifer Malehorn

Age: 36

Address: 74 Exchange Street

Office sought: Two year

Political party: Republican

Occupation: Owner, Oscar's Flooring Outlet

Education: York College

1. Why are you seeking the office?

To serve the community I grew up in.

2. What are your credentials for being an effective representative?

I listen to the people and work hard for what the people want.

3. If you are the incumbent, what have you done to deserve re-election?

(See question #2)

4. If you are a challenger, what have you done to prepare for holding the office?

N/A

5. What are the top three issues as you see them and what would you do about them?

Communication. I address the issues people have concerns with. Money. People want it know their government is spending wisely and is accountable. The people can trust me with this. Transparency. I am an open book. If the people have questions they feel comfortable asking me.

6. In the coming years, how would you like to see your municipality use its revenue from the impact fee on gas drilling?

Street and sewer repairs and upgrades

7. What is your philosophy about taxation?

Simply put a necessary evil.

8. How have you been campaigning?

Talking to the people of Troy.