Herald Journal - Voters' Guide '08

Three file in Kingston

Three people have filed for positions in Kingston for city council.

The mayor position, served by John Smith, is up – with Smith re-filing for this position. For council, two filed for the two open seats – incumbent Jim Herda re-filed, as well as newcomer Doug Serbus. Dale Steinborn, who is currently serving the council, did not re-file.

John Smith

Why are you running for office?

Because of the many voters of Kingston that asked me to run again.

What do you think are two major issues at this time, and what do you propose to do about them?

Keeping the city portion of taxes as low as possible by keeping the budget down, and doing small projects that all the people of Kingston can be involved in, such as an annual clean-up day.

Why should you be elected?

I have done projects in my last term, including the new emergency siren that can be heard throughout the city. I also installed high-pressure fire hydrants to give the city better fire protection. I don’t take any salary for the office of mayor.

Doug Serbus

Why are you running for office?

No answer submitted.

What do you think are two major issues at this time, and what do you propose to do about them?

No answer submitted.

Why should you be elected?

No answer submitted

James Herda

Why are you running for office?

I want to give back to the community in the form of public service as a city councilman.

What do you think are two major issues at this time, and what do you propose to do about them?

Holding local taxes down, and providing the city with a councilman that represents the interests of the citizens of Kingston.

I plan to continue to scrutinize all projects and aspects of the city budget to hold taxes down and still provide the services that the citizens are used to.

As a council member I am here to listen to the concerns of the citizens and to make decisions that are in the best interest of those citizens.

Why should you be elected?

Over the past four years, I believe that I have represented the best interests of the citizens of Kingston and pledge to continue to work hard to maintain that level of representation.