On the Nov. 5 ballot, there are three four-year seats open on Canton Borough Council, and the following people are running: Andrew Campbell, Blake R. Morgan, George T. Jennings, Kurt R. Bastion, and Darryl M. Jannone. Chris Thoren is waging a write-in campaign. The Daily Review sent questionnaires to all candidates, and their answers are printed below.

Name: Andrew Campbell

Age: 42

Address: 57 Clinton St. Apt. B

Office sought: Borough Councilman

Political party: Republican

Occupation: Northern Tier Solid Waste

Education: High School Plus

 

1. Why are you seeking the office?

I feel the Canton community needs positive change.

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

I have lived in Canton most of my life & graduated from Canton Jr.-Sr. High School. I served in the military for 5 years. I have worked for PennDOT and the Canton Borough Street Department. I have been a volunteer with Canton Fire Department for 24 years and am currently an officer in the 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 attended borough council meetings and have talked to people in the community about their concerns. I have talked to previous borough council members to see what the job entails.

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

1. I would like to bring transparency and common sense to the operations & policy making of the borough council.

2. I think we need to better utilize Canton's financial resources.

3. We need to address the drug issue that is 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?

I would like to get the community's input on the spending. Canton can once again be a community with opportunity and future for its youth and families.

 

7. What is your philosophy about taxation?

Only as a last resort when other avenues or revenue have been exhausted.

8. How have you been campaigning?

I have been speaking to the people in the community about my intentions of running for borough council. I have some signs out in the community.

 

Name: Blake R. Morgan

Age: 25

Address: 111 Lycoming St.

Office sought: Borough Councilman

Political party: Democratic

Occupation: Solids Control Technician for Clean Harbors

Education: I am a graduate of Canton Jr. Sr. High School, class of 2007. I attended college for 4 ½ years at Mansfield University and obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Information Systems.

 

1. Why are you seeking the office?

I have talked to numerous individuals and business owner's while I worked in the borough and have listened to several complaints from Borough Residents about how the borough is being operated. I believe that the Canton Borough residents and business owner's deserve to be heard and I feel I will vote independently for what I believe to be right for the community.

 

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

I have lived in Canton all of my life. I think I bring a new outlook compared to the way the borough council has been run in the past. I have and continue to volunteer my time in several community organizations including the Challenger Little League program, Canton Hometown Heroes Veterans Project and Innes Hose Company and would like the opportunity to continue to give back to my community by being a borough council member.

 

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 attended Borough Council meetings throughout the years and have obtained the Borough Council Handbook so I could educate myself on the job duties of being a council member.

 

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

1. I feel having a local Government that is open to not only listening to the communities concerns but also acting upon those concerns.

2. I would like to address the ongoing drug problem that is on the rise and lack of adequate police coverage to address this issue within the borough.

3. I feel Canton needs to become more business friendly and I feel the work of the borough council is to seek that development and allow Canton to Grow.

 

6. In the coming years, how would you like to see your municipality use its revenue from

the impact fee on gas drilling?

I would like to see it used wisely to help improve the infrastructure in Borough of Canton.

 

7. What is your philosophy about taxation?

I would keep taxes as low as possible. Taxes should only be raised after all other avenues of revenue have been exhausted as a last resort to stabilize the borough of Canton.

8. How have you been campaigning?

I have been speaking to Borough residents and Business owners and have been placing signs out in the community.

Name: George Jennings

Age: 40

Address: 139 Fassett St.

Office sought: Borough Councilman

Political party: Republican

Occupation: Unemployed

Education: Canton Jr./Sr. High School

1. Why are you seeking the office?

Canton has been run the same way for too long and we need to get different people on the borough council. I have had Borough residents in the community that have asked me to run.

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

I have lived in Canton all my life. I worked for the Canton Borough Street Department for 18 years so I know how things are run within the Borough. I have been member of the Canton Fire Department for 22 years and am currently a line officer within the 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 attended borough council meetings and have talked to people about the upcoming election.

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

1. We need better police coverage

2. Drug related issues.

3. There needs to be people on council that will stand up to the Borough Secretary.

6. In the coming years, how would you like to see your municipality use its revenue from

the impact fee on gas drilling?

Help maintain our streets and help the local fire department.

7. What is your philosophy about taxation?

Keep the taxes down.

8. How have you been campaigning?

I have signs out in the community and have been speaking to community residents.

Name: Kurt Bastion

Age: 56

Address: 838 Troy St., Canton, PA 17724

Office Sought: Borough Council

Political party: Democrat

Occupation: Canton Borough Street Department Superintendent

Education: High School Diploma, Several technical and training seminars

1. Why are you seeking the office?

Having been born, lived and worked in Canton all of my life, it is my goal to continue to support and improve our hometown. Doing the right things for our residents/taxpayers with no bridges to burn.

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

By serving for the past 3 ½ years, I have gained much knowledge of the inner workings of our local government and community.

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

I have helped and overseen many projects from getting the War Memorial Swimming Pool opened back up to getting our parks cleaned up, and graffiti cleaned up. I have seen to efficient use of taxpayers' money and time spent as an employee 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?

1. Public awareness - to continue to educate residents on infrastructure of local government.

2. Public Safety - support our Police and make people accountable.

3. Employment - to help attract and support new and current businesses.

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

To use the money for public safety and recreation, which is much overdue; street repairs and resurfacing and continued flood plain management.

7. What is your philosophy about taxation?

As a conservative and a taxpayer, one of the ways of holding the line on increased taxation is by proper management and repair of Borough assets and equipment.

8. How have you been campaigning?

By placing political signs out and talking to people one on one. Taking a positive and dedicated attitude in my campaign, our town and its people without any negative goals or agendas.

Name: Darryl M. Jannone, Command Sergeant Major (Retired), U.S. Army

Age: 46

Address: 267 West Union St., Canton, PA 17724

Office sought: Canton Borough Councilman

Political party: Republican

Occupation: U.S. Army (Retired), Substitute Teacher/In-School Suspension Teacher

Education: Bachelors Degree - Troy University in Criminal Justice. 1985 graduate of Canton High School.

1. Why are you seeking the office?

It is my sincere desire to support and improve Canton through active participation in its priorities. Just as in the previous election, I want to be very clear, I have no axe to grind, no hidden agendas and no predispositions.

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

I bring a unique perspective to the Borough Council with over 26 years of experience as an U.S. Army Military Police Command Sergeant Major and a U.S. Army Garrison Command Sergeant Major. I will use my law enforcement experience, command and combat experience to make sound, fiscally responsible decisions that improve the quality of life, safety and security for our residents in a cost effective manner. We live in a cost culture environment where every taxpayer's dollar must be spent in a manner that achieves success.

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

Having been appointed to Canton Borough to fill a vacancy on the Council, I have wasted no time in engaging in the decisions that impact Canton's roads, Public Safety, Recreational Facilities and Emergency Management. This includes the Borough's efforts as an Emergency Services Manager in support of natural disasters. Active participation in our community is critical and this is something that I role modeled when the Canton War Memorial Pool needed a manager with about a month of season left. I volunteered my own time, without pay, to manage the pool and supervise Canton's youth for the rest of the season. Additionally, the street department, through my own efforts and the efforts of Kurt Bastion and his team have made numerous improvements in our residential areas, roads and parks. I intend on continuing the forward momentum that we have generated as a team.

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?

I bring a disciplined, common-sense approach to decision making in the Canton Borough with a focus on fiscal stewardship of tax payers dollars and effectiveness in our practices across the Borough. We need to "do the right things right" and focus on long term sustainable impact. With a limited tax base every effort must be made to get the maximum for our dollars.

My top three priorities are:

1. Road Conditions / Borough Infrastructure.

2. Police and Public Safety. Pursue crime in our Borough through an active police presence and through encouraging residents to come forward and report suspicious / harmful behavior.

3. Canton Pride with a focus on tradition through participation and ownership of our Homes, Businesses, Veterans Programs and Schools.

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

As a Borough we need to maximize all Act 13 funds born from gas drilling to protect our environment, improve our roads and fund local initiatives which improves infrastructure. Canton is a great place to live and work and dollars born from gas drilling need to be wisely spent to ensure Canton remains a great place to live and work.

7. What is your philosophy about taxation?

As a conservative, my beliefs about taxation are simple - get the most for our tax base with the limited amount of funds available without mortgaging our future as a Borough. Spend only what we have or what we are willing, as a Borough based on the input of the residents, to invest to improve the quality of life, safety and security for our citizens.

8. How have you been campaigning?

I'll let my actions do most of my talking for me. I have been and will continue to be an active participant in all of Canton's priorities. I will be a common figure in all events that impact the quality of life for our Borough residents, businesses and schools. Basically, I intend to campaign by doing exactly what I believe Canton taxpayers expect from me - by selflessly serving our community.

Name: Chris Thoren

Age: 47

Address: 36 First St., Canton, PA 17724

Office sought: Canton Borough Councilman

Political party: Republican

Occupation: Owner/President of Christian Carpentry Inc., Residential Construction and Remodeling

Education: Bachelors Degree in Economics, 1989 - East Stroudsburg University. 1984 graduate of Canton High School.

1. Why are you seeking the office?

It is my desire to maintain and further develop the small town ideals and values that have established and grown our town. I was raised in Canton, and I have decided to raise my family here, conduct business here, and attend church here. I believe I can effectively represent the citizens of Canton Borough.

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

For the past 21 years I have been a local business owner and employer in the Canton Borough. Secondly, I have a B.A. in Economics, with related courses of study including economic growth and development. Thirdly, I have eight years of military experience serving in the U.S. Army Reserves. This has given me insight to working with others, development of leadership skills and the ability to cooperate with others.

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

N/A

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

I have been conversing with residents to educate myself with the concerns of our borough. I have also been familiarizing myself with the financial aspects and responsibilities of council members.

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

1. The protection and safety of all borough residents. As a council member I will work with local authorities including police and fire departments to be as effective as possible.

2. Promote small town atmosphere and values. I will work with local agencies, volunteer organizations, and churches to gain perspective and provide assistance where possible.

3. Promote and develop viable economic growth and development while maintaining financial efficiency and effectiveness. I will work with local businesses and financial institutions to develop strategies to promote sustainable economic growth.

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

I would like to see the maintenance and improvement of infrastructure items including roads and bridges. Secondly, I would like to see any additional revenues invested into areas of the community which serve the benefit of all including the Canton War Memorial Pool.

7. What is your philosophy about taxation?

I believe in fiscal conservatism. I would like to keep our taxes as low as possible, while providing necessary local services at the highest quality level.

8. How have you been campaigning?

Word of mouth has been my primary method of campaigning as well as advertising.