In the spring primary Tuesday in Troy Borough, several Republicans are vying for nominations for four four-year seats open on council, and two others for a two-year council seat.

Those seeking the Republican nomination for the four four-year seats are Michael P. Davison, Mark V. Colton, Robert G. Ives Jr., Krystle Bristol, Kyle G. Wisel, and Robert W. Gee.

The candidates seeking the Republican nomination for the two-year council seat are Anthony J. Close and Jennifer Malehorn.

Name: Michael P. Davison

Age: 44

Address: 51 Chestnut Street, Troy, PA 16947

Political Party: Republican

Occupation: Manager

Education: Canton High School, Canton, PA; Lycoming College, Williamsport, PA

1. Why are you seeking office?

I enjoy working with council members to accomplish different tasks and achieve goals. As a community member and most importantly a father, I want to help maintain a community that my wife, children, and I are extremely proud to be a part of and will be for years to come.

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

I am a veteran of the United States Army and earned a business degree from Lycoming College. I helped build Barefoot Pellet Company, Inc. from the ground up and currently manage the industrial production company located in the Troy area. I have also served many officer positions in various local organizations.

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

I have worked diligently with my fellow council members on many borough decisions. I am always ready to offer my opinions and firmly vote on borough business based on sound decision making and not popular belief. I feel I deserve re-election because I have helped to maintain a balanced budget through voting discipline.

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

A. Sewer improvement through better routine maintenance and replacement of outdated sewer lines.

B. Water line improvements and upgrades to keep our most precious commodity flowing to the residents and businesses.

C. Finishing the downtown parking lot project and clean up the old sale barn to make that area of our town more attractive.

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

I do not believe in "counting your chickens before they are hatched." I know that the Troy Borough Council would deal with this issue in a responsible manner if, and when, the money is in hand. This question is strange to me I would never ask for votes based assumptions of unknown revenue and its uses.

6. What is your philosophy about taxation?

I like to believe taxation is controllable, but it is also a necessary vehicle to perform borough business. The cost of doing business is going up and so will taxes. My taxation philosophy is that you hope to get a return on investment. You can't always measure it daily or weekly, but I do believe there is a value that is generalized and provides for the people in our community.

7. How have you been campaigning?

I do most of my campaigning by word-of-mouth, handshakes and conversations with community members. I will be going around to the community in the upcoming days with some of my fellow council members to distribute some cards and to say hello. Look for the old Army Jeep.

Name: Mark Colton

Age: 43

Address: 243 Newland Drive, Troy

Office sought: 4-year borough council seat

Political Party: Republican

Occupation: Computer Programmer

Education: Bachelor's degree in computer science and associates degree in information management

1. Why are you seeking the office?

I want to serve the community and people of Troy borough, and work to improve the quality of life in the borough for all of our residents. I feel like their needs to be improvement in the borough council's transparency, integrity and accountability to the people of the Borough.

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

I have served my country in the USAF for 9 years and have 2 college degrees. I have served on several school, community and church boards over the last 20 years.

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

I am not seeking re-election as I am not a current incumbent.

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

I have listened and talked to the people of the community and heard what they want from the borough council. I have heard the issues they have and have worked with key members of the borough to brainstorm ideas that will help make the borough a better place to live.

5. What are the top 3 issues as you see them and what would you do about them?

Issue 1 would be the transparency of the borough council to the community. I would work to make the issues, decisions and financial transaction of the borough more readily available to the community.

Issue 2 would be the fiscal responsibility of the borough council. I would work with the other council members, the mayor and the borough manager to ensure that the yearly budget is balanced, and that all monies received are spent wisely and properly.

Issue 3 would be the water and sewer system of the borough. It seems like this has been a major issue for quite some time now. I hear rumblings a lot, and I have had issues myself, but it seems like there is not enough being done to solve the issue. This will one issue that needs to be addressed soon.

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

I believe the best way to use those funds would be to improve the infrastructure of the borough. Putting money into the water and sewer system, roads, and building structures would be the best use of the monies from the gas drilling impact fees.

7. What is your philosophy about taxation?

Taxation is necessary to maintain social services such as police and fire protection, emergency service and for long term infrastructure investments such as roads and buildings maintenance. All citizens benefit from proper taxation and responsible government fiscal management.

8. How have you been campaigning?

I have used a grass roots campaign where I have talked to several people in the community and have used word of mouth around the borough to make it known that I am running for borough council. I also plan to visit people in the community to introduce myself.

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 the 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 3 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: 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 office?

Like most candidates in this election, I have a genuine concern for the tax payers 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 tax payers 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 tax payers 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 tax payers have entrusted me to help determine how their money is best spent. I will do everything in my power to ensure that tax payer 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 Boroughs 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 tax payers.

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 tax payers (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.

8. 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: Kyle G. Wisel

Age: 38 years of age

Address:

Office sought: Troy Borough Council - Four Year Term

Political Party: Republican

Occupation: Law Enforcement

Education: Troy High School Graduate with some college

1. Why are you seeking the office?

As a life-long resident of Troy, I wish to continue serving my fellow Troy Borough residents.

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

Having been a public servant for 17 years in local government, with a portion being in a leadership capacity, I believe I have the compassion and a well established knowledge foundation within the community to begin my role serving on borough council.

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

Prior to announcing my candidacy, I verified with the Election Board there was no viable conflictions with my current employment if elected on borough council.

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

A. There appears to be a barrier between some members of council and the public they should be serving. As your elected official, I would welcome all members of the public with interest and respect, both in and out of regular council meetings.

B. A significant amount of Troy Borough residents have expressed concern regarding their inability or (if desired) wishing to address borough council during a council meeting. Because of the morning meetings, many of these are unable to attend. I believe being a council member; you are required to be flexible for the benefit of the public, not yourself. Municipal government is a service, not necessarily to be operated on business hours.

C. All government, especially local government, should completely be run transparently. I have noted several important issues have not been publicly discussed and have resulted in questionable decisions. There is overuse of Executive Sessions, which causes these barriers between the pubic and council. As a member of council, I would make it loud and clear what direction Troy Borough Council is moving.

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

The revenue should be diverted into those issues directly affected by gas drilling. For example, I know police service has been impacted by the gas industry; therefore resources should be marked for police protection. Street intersections have seen their better days due to truck traffic. A percentage of moneys should be used, possibly in combination with liquid fuel moneys, to address this problem.

7. What is your philosophy about taxation?

I am a strong proponent of reduced administrative/management functions and the costs imposed. Troy Borough is in need of maintenance to its thoroughfares and protection thereof. I believe the current system is too costly for the lack of actual service rendered. We are contracting and outsourcing too may services which have been performed by borough employees in the past. This system causes reliance on those sources and their costs... should their costs increase, then taxes increase. We are too dependant on this system.

8. How have you been campaigning?

My objective has been seeking constituents personally and speaking to them about their concerns. In addition, I have had visitors directly at my door-something I will continue to welcome. My door will be always open for the people of Troy.

Name: Robert Gee

Age: 54

Address: 89 S. Railroad St., Troy

Office sought: Four-year term

Political party: Republican

Occupation: Laid off

Education: Troy High School

1. Why are you seeking the office?

To help the people in the town.

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

I am a long-time resident of Troy, and I know what the people need.

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 communicate with many people on current issues.

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

A. No communication between council and residents

B. Budget choices/ change policies

C. Too many changes to Troy

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

Put it back in town and using it to fix the streets.

7. What is your philosophy about taxation?

Less taxes because money is spent wrong.

8. How have you been campaigning?

Word of mouth.

Name: Anthony Close

Address: 430 Prospect St., Troy

Office sought: Two-year borough council seat

Occupation: Anthony's Bar and Grill, owner

1. Why are you seeking the office?

I have lived in this community for most of my life; I care about this community and the people that live here. My roots run deep in Troy from my business to my family, friends and relatives. I want to give back to the community that has given so much to me and my family.

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

I have 10 years combined business management and ownership experience. My ability to make informed decisions along with willingness to address the concerns of our community members will make me a good representative for this community.

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 have been following the operations of Troy borough for many years. I keep up to date on current issues as well as future projects. I enjoy researching and following our ever changing and growing community. I have also spent time researching the operation of local government.

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

Balancing the needs of our community and maintaining a good low tax rate is first on my list of important issues. My plan for this is to educate people on the importance of how we spend our tax dollars and that we keep our focus on maintaining and growing our community while keeping our milage rate low. We currently have a lower milage rate than other boroughs of similar size. The second issue is that of the old Troy Hospital, this will soon be a vacant building of rather large size right in the center of our community that could pose a safety risk to our community as well as a economical down trend as far as local property value if not properly cared for or maintained. I would like to see council work with the community to find a company to utilize this commercial space. Third is the old sale barn that has been recently talked about in local media. I think we should work to either reconstruct this building or find something that would be very productive to our community to go in its place. I believe it is important to maintain and grow troy while keeping its small town charm.

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

This money is available to our community to be spent in a limited number of ways however I feel that it may be in our community's best interest to stick these funds into a "rainy day account" or capital account, the idea behind this begging to save the money to be spent on big projects needed in the future and help to keep the tax burden off our local residents.

7. What is your philosophy about taxation?

It is important for our local community to have the funds needed to sustain a safe and clean living environment. We must keep a fine balance between tax relief for our community members and maintaining a strong working government. Taxes should be kept as reasonable as possible to help sustain both commercial and residential growth.

8. How have you been campaigning?

I have been spending some time doing some door to door campaigning along with community interaction and involvement. I feel that I have built a good bit of name recognition through the running of my business. I will continue to introduce myself to the members of the community through personal interaction.

Name: Jennifer Malehorn

Age: 36

Address: 74 Exchange St., Troy

Office sought: Two-year term

Political Party: Republican

Occupation: Owner, Oscar's Flooring Outlet

Education: York College of Pennsylvania

1. Why are you seeking the office?

I have more work to do. Progress has been made and I want to help it continue.

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

People feel comfortable approaching me and expressing concerns to me. I take peoples' concerns seriously, and I'm a worker. I push to get things done.

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

Because I do work hard at this "job." I always push to see progress.

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. Improvements to roads and bridges

B. Water and sewer system improvements

C. Improving overall communication with the public and government.

As with any improvements, budget is an issue. I will help create a reasonable game plan for the needed improvements that will allow progress without depleting our "emergency funds." As for communication, I'm going to continue what I have been doing - talking to the people and really listening to what concerns them.

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 roads and bridges, and to our water and sewer system.

7. What is your philosophy about taxation?

It's a necessary evil. Does anyone like paying taxes? No. But if we want better roads, public water and sewer, etc., those things need funding.

8. How have you been campaigning?

I'm not a fan of the term "campaigning." I'm talking to people and finding out their concerns and the issues they want addressed.