Voters will decide Nov. 5 whether incumbent Jack Walter or challenger Susan Seck will win a six-year township supervisor position in Athens Township. The Review sent questionnaires to both candidates, and their answers are printed below.

Name: Jack Walter

Age: 79

Address: 693 Blueberry Lane, Athens Twp.

Political party: Republican

Occupation: Retired, IBM; farmer

Education: Sayre High School, Elmira College, attended and taught many Bradford County and Pa. state classes on township government

1) Why are you seeking the office?

I have an interest in the welfare of the township and its citizens. I have a proven record of service to the township. I want to build a strong relationship with the industries and companies that are coming into the township, taking into account the citizens' concerns. I want to work on citizens' safety by building and upgrading the road system. I want to work to keep taxes low.

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

I have lived in the township for more than 60 years. I have many years of experience as a township supervisor, and within this time we have not had a bad audit. I have taken and taught many classes on township government. I have held many offices on the county and state level, related to the needs of local government.

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

Many years of honest, dedicated service; held all offices of the Bradford County and Pa. State Association of second-class townships; chairman of the Bradford County Sanitation Committee; built the present township building; established the park system within the township, not costing the citizens any tax dollars; helped establish the township fire department and police department and worked to provide what is needed to keep them safe and current; have worked with road department on road improvements, to provide equipment needed to develop safer roads; worked to establish Elmira Street as a business district; worked to establish the new industrial development zone to bring new industry and jobs to the area; to improve the road system for safer travel; never had a bad audit; have tried to learn as much as possible to make good choices for the township and its future; member of the Athens Township Sewage Authority, working to meet the future needs of the community and keeping costs low.

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?

- Work with the monies coming in from gas drilling to continue to make improvements in the township, including equipment that needs updating

- Continue to improve the road system

- Work to keep costs under control and taxes low

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

I am a fiscal conservative, believing in just enough taxes to meet the needs of the township and using all sources of revenue, such as the impact fee, to keep our expenses and taxes low.

7) How have you been campaigning?

I have been campaigning by word of mouth and providing data to local newspapers.

Name: Susan Seck

Age: not provided

Address: Riverside Drive, Athens Township

Office sought: Athens Township supervisor

Political party: Democrat

Occupation: Business owner

1) Why are you seeking the office?

I am a candidate for office because our township has experienced tremendous growth and will continue to grow and I have no personal agenda but strongly believe we need dedicated stewardship and representation of the whole township and not just certain demographic areas. I believe that a fresh outlook would be good to offer the township.

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

I have worked for 40 years directly with financial accounting as an office manager. I have served as secretary for the Ukrainian National Association for many years, and I have owned and operated a local business with my husband for 17 years.

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 the office?

I am a lifelong resident of the area and a business owner and have followed many of the issues our township has addressed over the years. I have been keeping abreast of local events and issues through newspaper articles, the township website and talking with fellow taxpayers and residents. I plan to research all avenues and to listen to the residents as well as any potential development seekers.

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

This is very complex as many of the issues are interrelated. However, to boil them down to major categories, I would say the top three are the balance of local taxes coupled with impact fees to address the issues associated with growth and making informed and balanced decisions that best serve the interest of local residents, increased demand on township personnel and infrastructure, and anticipated increased expenses addressing current and anticipated rapid growth.

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

With the actual and projected growth within the township, it would be wise to address issues of public safety including police and fire, tax reductions to encourage economic growth, review our infrastructure such as storm water and sewer projects or emergency services and make repairs to municipal buildings. We must stay within the guidelines of the law which are specific as to the areas that monies from impact fees can be spent. It is also imperative that we set up a reserve of funds for use when we need it for required future items.

7) What is your philosophy about taxation?

I am a firm believer that lower taxes promote economic growth whereas higher taxes stifle growth. The more money we allow taxpayers to keep to spend as they desire is in the interest of our township. Of course we need some fair level of taxes to provide the necessities for our community. It is one of those necessary evils. This of course requires sound fiscal management of our tax dollars. Being a business owner, I understand the need for sound budgeting, prioritization, staying within a budget and managing expenditures. All tax dollars will be accounted for and spent with all residents in mind.

8) How have you been campaigning?

I am not a big fan of campaign signs so don't expect to see a lot of them, as they clutter the township and can be an eyesore to many. Having the most yard signs does not necessarily make the best candidate. I don't believe in going overboard on spending. I have been mostly promoting my candidacy by word of mouth, personal contacts and phone contacts. I'm hoping that my reputation and willingness to listen will assist me in becoming the next Athens Township supervisor.