Todd Burnett and John Smith are each vying for the Republican nomination for a six-year term on the Sheshequin Township board of supervisors. The Review sent each candidate a questionnaire, and their responses are printed below.

Name: Todd A. Burnett

Age: 37

Address: 1893 Castle Hill Road, Towanda

Office sought: Sheshequin Twp. supervisor

Political party: Republican

Occupation: Automotive technician

Education: high school and tech school automotive and heavy equipment classes

1) Why are you seeking the office?

To help better our community by talking to the public and listening to concerns.

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

I'm a people person. I have common sense and know what makes people happy.

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

I have been a supervisor for five and a half years and try to do what's right, working with others, though we may disagree at times or get upset, I would like to say we have always come up with a positive solution that best fit's the township so I would like to say I've done a good job for the citizens of our township.

4) If you are the 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?

- keep taxes at a minimum

- keep roads and bridges maintained to our ability

- listen to people about their wants and needs and act on them accordingly

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

The impact fee money should be used for improvements for the township. To this date, we really haven't used it, but a cinder shed and new building to house our equipment has been discussed.

7) What is your philosophy on taxation?

Taxation affects us every day. The best we can do is keep it as low as possible.

8) How have you been campaigning?

Talking to the public.

Name: John Smith

Age: 32

Address: Grange Hall Road, Ulster, PA

Office Sought: Sheshequin Township Supervisor

Political Party: Republican

Occupation: Road Crewman

Education: Athens High School Graduate

1) Why are you seeking the office?

Having lived in Sheshequin for my whole life and now raising a family of my own, I want to ensure that the quality of life remains high for all township residents. I want to protect the roads, land, and way of life for the people of Sheshquin Township. It is also important to me to bring integrity to the board of supervisors so that residents can once again trust that their township supervisors are working for them.

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

In addition to living in the township, I have also worked for the township in a road crew capacity for over ten years. I am familiar with the policies and procedures required to sit on the board as well as attended the road schools that train township employees on Pennsylvania road policies.

3) If you are in 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?

In order to prepare, I have attended township meetings in the past to stay up-to-date on what is happening. I have also spoken to township residents to gain an idea of what their biggest concerns are in regards to the township.

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

- There needs to be more transparency for the township residents on township matters - I want to ensure that residents have easy access to the on goings of the township and have accurate information on things such as budgets, financial matters, and decision making.

- Focus on a better oversight of taxpayers' money - It is important to me that taxpayer money is spent only on necessary expenses so that we can keep costs and taxes down. Making appropriate decisions on big budget items such as new equipment and streamlining township matters into the high tech world will all assist in making sure money is spent wisely.

- Bring back taxpayer faith to the board of supervisors - By being transparent about where and how money is being spent, as well as finding better ways to make residents aware of what is happening with their local township, I believe will all help in residents trusting in their government.

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

In the long term, I would like to see a new municipality building put up that could also be used for an emergency shelter (such as during the 2011 flooding) or meeting space for township residents. I would also like to not only maintain but improve road infrastructure by putting in place a better dust control plan and cutting down on runoff erosion.

7) What is your philosophy on taxation?

I believe that the taxpayers of Sheshequin are already taxed enough. I believe that as a supervisor I can find ways to spend taxpayer money more efficiently and get the most out of their taxpayer dollars so that we will not have to raise taxes in the future.

8) How have you been campaigning?

Face-to-face and door-to-door is how I am trying to spend my time campaigning.