Two people are vying for the Republican nomination for Canton mayor in the spring primary May 21. They are Canton mayor John G. Vineski and challenger Richard Bly Porter, Sr.

Name: John G. Vineski

Age: 56

Address: 136 E. Union St., Apt. 2B, Canton

Office sought: Mayor

Political party: Republican

Occupation: Laborer

Education: High School graduate

1. Why are you seeking the office?

I am seeking re-election because I like working with community leaders to build a better town.

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

I've served as mayor for one term and want to be here for another term.

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

I have attended meetings, and meet with other elected officials and discussed my constituents' concerns with them.

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

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

1. Drug enforcement - hire manpower to help get rid of it

2. Industry - getting new companies here in the vacant plants

3. Safety - making residents safer in Canton

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

Use the money for what the state says we can use it

7. What is your philosophy about taxation?

Try to keep taxes lower and affordable for residents

8. How have you been campaigning?

Talking to residents.

Have some signs in Canton.

Name: Richard Bly Porter Sr.

Age: 51

Address: 137 Lycoming Street Canton Pa 17724

Office sought: Mayor

Political party: Republican

Occupation: Disabled

Education: High School

1. Why are you seeking the office?

I would like to improve the community and try to have better communication between the residents of Canton and the Canton Borough Council. I want to serve the community and try to listen to what their opinions of things that need to be addressed. I feel the residents need to have more knowledge of what the Borough Council is doing for them.

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

I have lived in Canton all my life. I served 20 years as first Assistant Chief of the Canton Fire Department.

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?

I have been attending the monthly Borough Council meetings. Asking borough residents their opinion of what could improve the Borough of Canton to make us prosper more. I have received the Mayor handbook for Mayor to know what my responsibilities are if elected Mayor.

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

Canton needs more businesses to prosper and there needs to be more communication between the residents of Canton Borough and the Canton Borough Council.

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

Canton needs to have open and public meetings with borough residents for input on what the revenue could be used for.

7. What is your philosophy about taxation?

Only raise taxes if need be and make sure all other alternatives are looked at first.

8. How have you been campaigning?

Placing signs around town, handing out business cards, using social networking.