One first-time candidate and a former City Council member are vying for the 1st Ward seat on Amherst City Council. Jason Sobiski, who previously held the seat, is not seeking re-election.
What are the challenges or issues facing the city?
Bukovac: Like many communities, Amherst faces potential financial difficulties that have been brought on by the current economic conditions we all face. On the ballot in November is the replacement income tax of a half percent that will reallocate additional money into the general fund. This is a step in the right direction, but is only a short-term solution.
Porostosky: Taxes and safety.
How do you plan to address them?
Bukovac: I will work with Council and the city administration to help encourage more business development within the city limits to increase money into the general fund. At the same time, we need to ensure the new development does not negatively impact current residential neighborhoods.
Porostosky: Give the constituents of Ward 1 a better accounting of where the money is coming from and, more importantly, where it is going. Start by making our streets safer by adding sidewalks.
What makes you best suited for the job?
Bukovac: Having grown up in Amherst, and now raising my own family here, I have a true pride and passion for Amherst that drives me to do not only what’s good for the city, but good for the residents as well. My managerial experience in a large corporation has prepared me well to ensure we work together and continue to keep Amherst the community we all can be proud of.
Porostosky: My experience as a former member, 1st Ward, Amherst, City Council.
Education: Lorain County Community College
Family: Married to Christina 21 years; daughters Randi 14, and Karli, 11
Job history: Have worked in the IT industry for 25-plus years, including 15 years in managerial roles.
|John T. Porostosky
Education: High school graduate
Family: Wife Leslie and four children: John, Jenna, Nicholas, Julia
Job history: Building material business for more than 25 years
Web site: www.e-buildingsystems.com.