Five candidates are running for four seats in Lewisberry in the Nov. 5 election.

All four incumbents are seeking another term on council. They include Nora Sowers, Mary Pelton, Mark Keener all of whom are Democrats, and Republican Dan Soltis.

They face a challenge from Republican Patrick Groft.

The council seats are four-year terms.

 

 

Biographical information:

 

Patrick Groft (R)

No response

 

Mark Keener (D)

No response

 

Mary R. Pelton (D)

Age and address: 69, East Front Street, Lewisberry

Occupation: Beautician-Salon Owner

Education: Northern High School/John Lee Cosmetology School

Community organizations with which you are active: Community Organizations: Borough Council since 2004; Annie E. Sterline Library Board President; West Shore Recreation Board Representative; Red Hat Society; Women of Light; Fairview Fire Co. Committee Member; Lewisberry Borough Park Committee Member; New Bethel Church

 

Daniel Soltis (R)

No response

 

Nora E. Sowers (D)

Age and address: 71, South Second Street, Lewisberry

Occupation: Housewife/Retired

Education: Lebanon High School


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Community organizations with which you are active: Borough Council since 2010; West Shore Recreation Board Representative; Lewisberry Methodist Church Member (Clothing Ministry/Dinners/Fundraisers); Fairview Fire Co. Committee Member; Lewisberry Borough Park Committee Member; Annie E. Sterline Library Volunteer

 

Questions and answers:

 

1. If you could make one change to improve the quality of life for residents in Lewisberry, what change would you make? Explain your choice.

 

Groft: No response.

 

Keener: No response.

 

Pelton: The Borough is changing our Street Lights to LED lights. This change is being made in hopes to cut maintenance costs for the Borough in effort to keep the cost to the residents down as well as improving the safety to our residents.

 

Soltis: No response.

 

Sowers: In an effort to keep energy costs affordable to borough residents, Borough Council is currently looking to change our street lights to the more energy efficient LED lights.

 

2. What will your other priorities be if elected as a borough council member? Explain why those are your priorities.

 

Groft: No response.

 

Keener: No response.

 

Pelton: Our Borough has been making improvements the Borough Park Building, such as painting the interior and exterior, installing new street signs, and also making improvements to the newly acquired Fire Company Social Hall, in hopes to be able to provide the building for our residents for use.

 

Soltis: No response.

 

Sowers: To keep a balanced budget, I will continue to volunteer my efforts on behalf of the Borough by taking no pay as a council member, working on the West Shore Recreation Committee, volunteering my efforts on behalf of the Fire Company Committee, working with members of the Annie E. Sterline Library Board for fundraising, and working with the Lewisberry Methodist Church clothing ministry.

 

3. Lewisberry has a tax rate of 1.3 mills. How would you rate the borough's job of controlling costs and its tax rate? Why?

 

Groft: No response.

 

Keener: No response.

 

Pelton: I have been on Borough Council since 2004 and I am concerned about how and the money is being spent and what for. I have not missed a council meeting since being elected. The Borough can not afford extra expenses. "I do not want more taxes" for the Borough residents. I have a high interest in the community. I volunteer my time and efforts for things in the Borough to do at no cost and I currently forfeit my council pay in an effort to cut costs to the Borough.

 

Soltis: No response.

 

Sowers: By volunteering my time and efforts to the Borough.

 

4. Lewisberry relies on state police for police protection. Is that sufficient? Should the borough explore a local policing option, such as joining a regional police force? Why or why not?

 

Groft: No response.

 

Keener: No response.

 

Pelton: The Borough does not rely on the State police for its protection. We currently are contracted with Newberry Police Department for the services and have been for a number of years. The Borough pays for this service because the safety and well being of our residents is very important to us.

 

Soltis: No response.

 

Sowers: The Borough does not rely on the State police for its protection. We currently are contracted with Newberry Police Department for their services and have been for a number of years. The Borough pays for this service because the safety and well being of our residents is very important to us.

 

5. Why did you decide to run for borough council? Why should people support your candidacy?

 

Groft: No response.

 

Keener: No response.

 

Pelton: I will work to ensure the Borough continues to be the community in which I am proud to live in. I am seeking your vote for council and will do my best for you as we tackle the problems for the Borough. "With a Vision for the Future."

 

Soltis: No response.

 

Sowers: I want to help keep Lewisberry Borough a great place to live and if re-elected I will do what I can to ensure the continued growth of our community.