2 seek Republican nomination for Jersey Shore mayor

Two candidates are seeking the Republican nomination for Jersey Shore mayor. Dennis Buttorff is the incumbent and Dennis Thompson is the challenger.

No Democrats are running.

Buttorff, of 306 Glover St., said he’s willing to carry out the will of the people and put the community’s interests ahead of everything else.

Buttorff noted some of the positive projects in recent years, including building the rail trail, improving the Thompson Street recreation area and moving ahead with the Susquehanna River boat access plan.

“It’s being knowledgeable about what’s going on,” he said. “I’ve only missed one council meeting in four years, and that was due to illness.”

Buttorff said borough residents urged him to run for re-election.

“I always said if people are happy and satisfied, I am willing to continue on,” he added.

Buttorff said a positive atmosphere has replaced the negativity that had hounded the borough. He said he can’t help but feel that’s a result of borough officials working together and being proactive.

Buttorff said he’s proud that Jersey Shore achieved the designation of a Susquehanna Greenway River Town and that can help the borough more easily become eligible for grant money.

He’ll use the position of mayor to help improve the community through the promotion of tourism and making it inviting for people and businesses.

He thinks Jersey Shore is on the upswing.

“Without a doubt,” he said.

Buttorff was employed as a customer service representative for Blue Cross/Blue Shield.

He is a 21-year veteran of the U.S. Navy and is married and the father of three children.

Thompson, of 710 Thompson St., said he will work for the people.

“I am quite conservative,” he said. “I will be there to make sure we live within our means.”

Thompson said he likes the borough and wants to see more opportunity for business and more families moving into Jersey Shore.

“That was one of my concerns. Instead of people moving out, they should move in to take advantage of the services were have. We have a YMCA. We have a public library. We have a park that’s being improved and a swimming pool and schools.”

Thompson said there actually are a lot of attractive aspects of Jersey Shore and he’d like for it to remain that way.

A former Salladasburg Borough councilman, Thompson said after moving to Jersey Shore he set his sights on running for council.

He said he will keep an open mind, take suggestions and bring them to council. He said he does not have an agenda.

“I’ll listen to what the majority wants and hopefully be a voice and not just do something because I want it,” he said.

Thompson called himself a good listener.

“I just want to serve,” he said.

Thompson said he’ll approach matters in a fiscally conservative manner.

“I’m not big on accumulating debt to get things,” he said. “How bad do we need it? Is it something we can hold off on?”

Thompson is employed in maintenance with the Jersey Shore Area School District. He formerly was in charge of the processing kitchen at Thompson’s Food Service in Jersey Shore.

He is married and the father of five children and six grandchildren.