Three running for council in Canton
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 6:04 AM
Voters in Canton will find three names on the ballot for two city council seats. They will find the names of two incumbents seeking reelection, Carl Ernst and Cindy Shanks, as well as George Hafner, seeking a position on the council to represent residents in the upcoming years.
Three Canton residents will be seeking two city council seats on Tuesday during the general election. From left are candidates Carl Ernst, George Hafner and Cindy Shanks.
Candidates for election answered four questions sent to them by the News-Record. Their answers are printed after the number corresponding with the following questions.
1. What has motivated you to file for this office? If you are an incumbent, please note how many years you have served and why you wish to continue.
2. Name one characteristic you have that has enabled or would enable you to be a valuable member of this office. Please explain.
3. In these difficult economic times, how would you prioritize the needs for the city?
4. Is there an upcoming issue that you feel needs to be addressed by the city?
Carl Ernst is a welder and is married to Virginia. They have three sons.
1. As this election nears, I will have served on the Canton City Council for eight years. I think I have done a good job serving the city and hope the people have the trust in me to serve another four years.
2. I don't feel there is just one characteristic that a person has, it is many. You have to be able to learn and listen. Whether it is bad or good, then go from there to discuss and make a good decision at that point.
3. Canton's mayor and council do their best to deal with these economic times. There will be issues that have a higher priority than others but one can't always predict what problems will pop up. We do our best at trying to stay within our city budget from year to year.
4. Every issue needs to be addressed, on any given day something important may come up. The issues are dealt with every month at our council meeting. It is important to listen to the concerns of the people.
George Hafner is a heavy mobile equipment repair leader. He is married to Sabine Hafner and they have two daughters, Jennifer and Stephanie.
1. I was motivated to run for city council to bring new ideas and improvements to the city.
2. Honesty. I believe to be a valuable member of the council, one must be honest.
3. I would help decide with city members what needs the most attention around our city, help balance the city budget and prioritize funding for projects and start working on them.
4. With the possibility of a state bike trail coming to Canton, I believe that the bike route entering Canton may be an issue and may have to be addressed by the city.
Cindy Shanks works in quality assurance. She is married to Michael and they have two children with spouses and three grandchildren.
1. I have served on the city council for 15 years. I enjoy working with the city and the people of Canton.
2. I have years of experience working with the public and the city council. I have been on various committees over the years and with the support from the people being on the committees or supporting us, we all have the same goal to help improve Canton.
3. As issues arise for the city, we as a council would discuss and decide what is in the best interest for the city. With the funding being cut more each year, as a small city we don't have a lot of options available for funding so we need to look towards grants that may be available to pursue to help make up for the loss of funding.
4. Nothing at this time.