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Incumbents seeking new terms on Howard Borough Council

Five incumbents are competing for four, four-year seats on the Howard Borough Council, with one candidate also running unopposed for a two-year term.

Council President Philip Winchell, Vice President Leon Marshall, Clifton Corman, Carolyn Hollar and John Gribble all are seeking re-election on the seven-member council.

Gribble was appointed to a two-year term to replace Rich Watters, who stepped down after starting a four-year term in 2012. If Gribble is not elected to a four-year seat, his next two-year term would complete the former councilman’s term.

Hollar, 85, a Republican, has served on the council since 1998. She grew up outside Howard on a farm now beneath Sayers Lake, and has lived most of her life in the borough, working as a bank employee for 16 years.

She said she’s running again because she enjoys working with her fellow council members.

“We have a very nice council here in Howard, no yelling and nasty talking, nothing like that,” she said. “We all get along well.”

As for the borough, she said it’s not facing any pressing concerns.

“We’ve got things pretty much under control,” she said. “We don’t have very many people coming and criticizing us. I think that’s a good point.”

She said she looks forward to a fifth term.

“I love Howard — whatever I can do to make it better,” she said. “If the people vote me in, I think they’re satisfied with what we’re doing.”

A Republican and retired teacher, Winchell, 67, grew up in Union City. He started on the council in 1979, and has been president for 25 years.

Throughout his years on council, he said, he has tried to convey the same message to the public.

“I guess basically it’s the idea that we’ve always tried to listen to constituents’ concerns and be responsive — not like a lot of government,” he said. “I’ve been pleased to have been involved with several projects to try to enhance the community.”

The most recent, he said, was the pedestrian/bicycle path that cuts across town. He also pointed to a playground design added to the central park a few years ago.

Looking ahead, he said the next council will continue to upgrade the town’s water system. He said the council also has worked with the local sewer authority on a project to upgrade pumping stations.

“I just take pride in the town,” Winchell said.

And he’s asking Howard residents to give him another four years to show it.

“I want to play an active part in the community — a chance to give back if you will,” he said.

Leon Marshall, 79, a Democrat, has served on the council since 1989. He could not be reached for comment.

Republican Clifton Corman, a councilman since 2006, and Republican John Gribble also could not be reached for comment.