Wrightsville Borough Council
Five candidates are running for two seats on the Wrightsville Borough Council in the 2015 Primary election on Tuesday, May 19. Ward 2 has two candidates for one seat and Ward 3 has three candidates for one seat.
The York Dispatch asked them to answer three questions and provide basic bio information to help voters with their selection.
Their responses are:
Edward E. Sipes (R)
Age/Family: I am 64 years old, and have been married for 41 years. I have one daughter, one son, and 4 grandsons, and a granddaughter on the way. I grew up in York City. I have been a resident of Wrightsville since 1973, and purchased my current residence in September of 1975.
Occupation: I am a part-time facilities worker at LCBC, the Manheim campus. I was full time until Feb. 1, 2015. Most of my career was in the printing industry, until the computer killed the industry. I was considered a prepress person. I was able to assemble pages, and then make the plates.
Education: I am a 1968 graduate of William Penn Senior High School.
Community organizations with which you are active: I am an active member of the following organizations: Historic Wrightsville Inc. and the Wrightsville Recreation Commission.
Eric J. White (R)
Kathleen J. Abel (R)
William Scott Loercher (D)
Marilyn Rodriguez (R)
Age/Family:56/Husband, Luis; 3 sons, Matthew, Andrew, Daniel; 2 grandchildren, Daniellah and Gabriel
Occupation: Activity Aide in the Dimentia/Alzheimer's Unit at a Personal Care Home
Education: J P Steven H.S. Edison, NJ/Liberty University, Lynchburg, VA/HACC, Lancaster/Harrisburg Campus, EKG Certification Program
Community organizations with which you are active:
Questions and answers
1. How would you rate the borough's performance at keeping taxes (especially property taxes) affordable for residents while providing adequate services? Why?
Sipes: Council is doing it's best to keep them low. Budget meetings are a nightmare, when you try and cut every penny where possible. We take into consideration that we have a lot of senior citizens on fixed income. There are quite a few services that require us to keep raising taxes, even though we don't want to.
Rodriguez: Shooting straight from the hip, I would say, like most citizens, that the taxes are too high for what we get, but to answer that properly, I may need to wait until I have several month's of experience on the council. It is an area I need to be more educated in before making any unfair statements either way.
2. Other than holding down costs, what would be your top priorities if elected to borough council (or to another term to borough council)?
Sipes: I would love to see our Riverfront developed, to bring outside people to Wrightsville. Once you start to bring in tourism, they will then start spending their money at our local businesses. I will continue to work with the Recreation Commission, so that the youth of the borough continue to have an activity in the borough. When the borough decides when and how they will be working on the next two blocks of Locust street, I am going to really research it out better. The one one block that was done earlier, turned out to be a disaster. I was new at this, and relied on the word of those who knew.
Rodriguez: The first year of my term I will be like a sponge, absorbing, listening and observing. This will give me a better idea of where I can voice my opinions as far as any changes that need to be made for the progress of the town as a whole.
3. Why did you decide to run for borough council? Why should people support your candidacy?
Sipes: I decided to run again, due to the fact I love serving the people in my ward. I have always said that I am here to represent the people, not my own agenda. If you ask anyone in my ward, when they call I try to respond as soon as I can, and to do my best to quickly answer their needs.
Rodriguez: I was approached by a leader of the community who put this before me and gave me something to think about. It wasn't something I jumped at, but gave very careful thought and consideration. For me, I felt I have no reason to complain if I am not taking an active part in the community that I live in. This may be the part I am to play.