Patricia Reichert and Matt Crowe are running for town Board. George Williams is also running and did not submit a photo.

Sept. 12, Candor voters will have the opportunity to choose two out of three candidates for Candor Town Council, all of whom are running on the Republican ticket.

Current Town Council members Matthew Crowe and George Williams are hoping to reclaim their seats against challenger Patricia Reichert. Elections take place from noon to 9 p.m. at the Candor Fire House and the Weltonville Fire Hall. We asked the candidates to answer a few questions.

Matthew Crowe

(incumbent):

Chronicle: Why are you running for Candor Town Council? 

Crowe: I am running for the Candor Town Council to support the citizens and the business's of the Town of Candor.

Chronicle: How long have you been living in Candor Town? 

Crowe: ​I have lived in the Town of Candor for all but 12 years of my life. ​I have been all over this country and this is where I chose to live out of all the places I have been.

Chronicle: Have you held an elected position in the past? If not, in what other ways have you been involved with the town? 

​Crowe: I am one of the incumbents for the Town Board. In the past I have been the president of the Candor Valley Riders snowmobile club and also the chairman of the board of the Candor Emergency Squad.

Chronicle: Do you have any special skills or experience in any specific area that you believe to be an advantage if you are elected to the position? 

Crowe: ​I believe that sometimes elected officials have to think outside ​the box and not follow the status quo and then come up with better solutions ​for the issues that towns face. I believe that there are many times when there is a better value rather than the least expensive option, ​and by using the better value we can help keep taxes to a minimum, and as I have shown for the last four years I am always looking for the best value for our citizens.

Chronicle: What are some of the major challenges facing the town within the next few years?

​ Crowe: The most common comment heard from our citizens is that their taxes are too high. There are only so many ways that towns can keep from raising taxes and still provide the services that our citizens expect and deserve. My mission is to find as many opportunities as possible to keep ​taxes to a minimum and provide those services.

Patricia Reichert (challenger):

Chronicle: Why are you running for Candor Town Council? 

Reichert: I am running for the Candor Town Council position in a way to help give back to the community that I am proud to call home. I feel with retiring in July, that this is an opportune time to step up and continue to serve the community.

 Chronicle: How long have you been living in Candor Town? 

Reichert: I have lived in Candor since fourth grade and graduated in 1980.

Chronicle: Have you held an elected position in the past? If not, in what other ways have you been involved with the town? 

Reichert: I am presently the co-chair on the Town Planning Board.  I also volunteer in several organizations and functions within the town and county.     

Chronicle: Do you have any special skills or experience in any specific area that you believe to be an advantage if you are elected to the position? 

Reichert: I feel my 30-plus years’ experience in governmental accounting will be a valuable asset to bring to the board as I am well diversified in the business aspect and  budget process.  I also think that since I have worked with Board of Education and Administration members that I will be able to communicate well with current members and be able to listen to town residents concerns with an objective mind.   

Chronicle: What are some of the major challenges facing the town within the next few years?  

Reichert: One major challenge that the town could be faced with in the upcoming years would be how to encourage new businesses into our town in order to reduce the tax base while keeping the integrity of “small town” values. Also building and designating reserve funds for unforeseen expenses is an important factor in keeping the tax rate level. 

George Williams (incumbent):

Chronicle: Why are you running for Candor Town Council? 

Williams: I am running for town councilman because I believe in a limited government, which allows for as much individual freedom as possible, I also believe that taxes and regulations should be keep to a minimum. I believe that it is our duty to future generations to enjoy the same opportunities that us "older" folks have.

Chronicle: How long have you been living in Candor Town? 

Williams: I have lived in Candor my entire life with the exception of military service and school. 

Chronicle: Have you held an elected position in the past? If not, in what other ways have you been involved with the town? 

Williams: I have been on the Candor town council for six years and prior to that I was on the Candor planning board about 10 years or so.

Chronicle: Do you have any special skills or experience in any specific area that you believe to be an advantage if you are elected to the position? 

Williams: The skills that I bring, other than normal life skills, are from my profession as a land surveyor. That gave me a good appreciation of land use in general and the infrastructure needed to support that use.  Also, my time on a dairy farm gave me the appreciation of that land.

Chronicle: What are some of the major challenges facing the town within the next few years?  

Williams: As of right now, there are no major challenges facing the town. We had a couple of tough blows when the town barns burned, but are well on the way to recovery both in buildings/equipment and in paying off the debt. I’d saying paying off the debt is a priority at this time.

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