Politics & Government

Voters Guide | Bellefonte mayor

BELLEFONTE MAYOR

Term: Four years

Salary: $1,500

Question: What do you think is the primary responsibility for being mayor?

(Vote for one.)

REPUBLICAN/DEMOCRAT

Thomas J. Wilson, Bellefonte

Date of birth: Oct. 20, 1946

Education: Bellefonte Area, 1964; Penn State; Vietnam-era veteran, Navy

Occupation: Semiretired, First Media/3WZ, owner Centretainment

Qualifications: Borough Council. Head of Safety Committee, Serving Parks, and Streets committee. Fire Protection Task Force; past president of Chamber of Commerce and Lions Club; member Bellefonte Legion, Masonic Lodge, Elks; Historic Bellefonte Community Service Award from Historic Bellefonte; Jazz PA board of directors; coached youth softball.

Answer to question: I see the position as one that advocates for and unites our community. I hope to meld the best of the old and new into the future of my hometown. I want to encourage the young, old, rich and poor to become active in the community. Involvement promotes pride, and pride is the foundation of a strong community. We face financial and social challenges. A diminishing or stagnant tax base in the face of ever-rising cost is one. We need to address our aging infrastructures and declining downtown retail opportunities. Staying vibrant in today’s economy is one of our biggest challenges. Bellefonte will survive, but in surviving, it will also change.

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