Two seek mayor's post

 

On the Nov. 5 ballot, Canton Mayor John Vineski is seeking re-election and is being challenged by Richard B. Porter Sr.

Name: John G. Vineski

Age: 56

Address: 136 E. Union St., Apt. 2B, Canton, PA 17724

Office sought: Mayor

Political party: Republican

Occupation: Laborer

Education: High school diploma (Canton High School)

1. Why are you seeking the office?

I like helping people.

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

I've been mayor for eight years.

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

Kept taxes down, got swimming pool open.

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?

Taxes - don't raise unless needed; drugs - keep arresting people using drugs; business - try to get new business in town.

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

Fix streets when needed or anything the state lets us use the money for. Tax lowering.

7. What is your philosophy about taxation?

Keep them low.

8. How have you been campaigning?

Signs and talking to people.

Name: Richard Bly Porter Sr.

Office sought: Mayor

1. Why are you seeking the office?

I have watched this Boro continue to lose every factory that it has had, which has resulted in job loss which has resulted in many people being unemployed or has forced them to leave the area because of employment. I have watched the drug activity and damage from them increase to record high over the years.

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

I have lived in Canton Boro all my life. I served 20 years as first Assistant Chief of the Canton Fire Department. I am also a 30 year lifetime member of the Canton Fire Department. I am also currently involved in the Canton Hometown Heros Veterans Project.

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 attending the monthly Boro Council meetings. Speaking to Boro residents and asking them their opinions of what they feel could improve the Boro of Canton and to make the Boro 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. There needs to be more communication between the Boro residents and the Canton Boro Council. Canton has a drug issue in this town that needs addressed.

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 Boro residents for input on what the revenue could be used for. We need to invest in our youth and promote structured community activities and encourage youth participation within organizations to be involved in the community.

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.