3 positions open on Montoursville Borough Council
Five people are seeking nominations for three seats on Montoursville Borough Council in this year’s primary election.
Margaret A. Knight and Christopher Lucas are running for the 1st Ward seat.
David L. Moyer and Theodore Saul are vying for the 3rd Ward spot.
Rosemary N. Holmes, a 2nd Ward candidate, is unopposed.
All are running as Republicans.
Lucas, of 316 N. Loyalsock Ave., said he’s running to help maintain the quality of life in Montoursville, the community where he was raised.
“I want my kids to grow up in the same great community I grew up in,” he said. “I want to see the best interests of the community served. That’s why I’m on the Recreation Board. It’s about family and community.”
Lucas said his motivation for seeking council comes down to having a direct influence on the community’s direction.
“I remember going outside and playing and coming home when the street lights turned on,” he said. “You see a lot of stuff you saw as a kid going away. I want a safe community.”
Lucas said one of the reasons he serves on the borough’s Recreation Board is to help improve available services.
“The park needs upgrading. As we continue to invest in the community, it will continue to invest in itself,” he said.
Lucas said he laments the fact that many of the community’s assets have been lost, including the public swimming pool.
He doesn’t want to see that continue to occur.
He said he has no specific reason for running for borough council.
“Really, I just want to protect the future of my kids,” he said.
Lucas said Montoursville is a great place to live, and he wants to keep it that way.
“Too often, people complain about things, but they don’t do anything about it. I’m very grateful to have a nice home in a nice community,” he said.
Lucas is employed as a safety wellness coordinator with First Quality in McElhattan.
He is a 1998 graduate of Montoursville Area High School.
Lucas is married and the father of two children.
Knight did not return phone calls for this story.
Moyer, of 1109 Monroe Road, said he attends all the borough council meetings and figured it was time to offer his services.
“It’s a matter of giving back,” he said. “I have time now to do that. I just think I could be an asset to council.”
Moyer said he makes it a point to attend the council’s budget meetings and wonders why other people don’t make an effort to do so.
Moyer, a former Blue Cross account executive, said he has an extensive background in insurance, and that can be an asset when council considers health insurance issues.
“I have been in management all my life,” he said. “I have a management mindset, and that can be what it takes to run the borough.”
Moyer said he likes the community and instead of sitting back and complaining about things, he’d rather try and solve issues.
He said if elected he would use his position as councilman to help make Montoursville a desirable place to live.
One of the specific issues he’d like to address, he said, is to ensure that the borough continues to have a police department to ensure the security of citizens.
“Without the police department, that would be put in jeopardy,” he added.
He doesn’t feel state police are adequately staffed to cover the community.
Moyer serves as chairman of the borough’s Civil Service Commission.
Moyer is a Coast Guard veteran.
He has served as a supervisor of officers for the Transportation Security Administration/Department of Homeland Security at the Williamsport Regional Airport.
He is married and the father of a daughter and step-daughter.
Saul, of 711 Bennett St., said it’s important to understand what people are saying as citizens.
A former Sullivan County commissioner, Saul said he knows how to be a good listener.
“I am a compassionate person,” he said. “I always put people ahead of myself. If I can help solve others’ problems, I feel it’s a successful day for me. It’s better to give than receive.”
Saul said he’ll be available to people as a councilman.
He said transparency of government is important.
Saul said he’s not running on any specific issues, and is seeking office because he now has the opportunity to do so.
He said that he has always been interested in government issues.
“I just think it’s a challenging time to be in office,” he said. “I’m a fiscally conservative person. I think that’s one of the assets I can bring to the position.”
Saul said he loves Montoursville, a community where he’s lived in since 2000 and where his children attend school.
His strong ties to Montoursville include serving an AYSO soccer coach.
Saul served as Sullivan County commissioner from 1986 to 1994.
He is a former chairman of the Sullivan County Republican Party and as served as a Republican Committeeman in Shrewsbury Township in Sullivan County.
He is married and the father of three children.