Editor's note: Each candidate was alloted 150 words or less to answer each question below. Answers were otherwise used verbatim.

SAMANTHA DERISO (D,WF)

Age: 49

Education: Local schools

Professional/political experience: Certified Nutrition & Wellness consultant, president of the Central New York Labor Council

Family: Frank DeRiso, husband; Nicholas, son; Crosby, schnoodle dog

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What would you say are the biggest issues facing the area you seek to represent and how would you address those?

Flood Mitigation. Residents of District 11 are faced with basements that flood and items, pets, and people have to be rescued. … The benches they have put in place do not mitigate the problem; because of this, I would work with local municipalities to develop a more effective, cost efficient way to divert the flooding.

Parks and Playgrounds. … I have noticed some parks in our district have been closed … I would seek out grant money and work with local municipalities to revitalize these parks so kids and families can get back to enjoying their neighborhoods.

Safety and training. Local fire departments are mostly volunteer-driven. … We should provide the equipment and training that each firefighter needs to save lives.

Education

Taxes. It is the duty of the Legislature to ensure we are keeping a balanced budget in our district without raising taxes.

ROBERT KOENIG (R,C,I)

Age: 44

Education: University of Rochester

Occupation: Program manager at TECT Corp.

Professional and previous political experience: 20+ years of management experience in the healthcare, technology, and aerospace industries. Eight years as Oneida County legislator in the 11th district.

Family information: Wife Nicole, and two sons Chase (12) and Dean (10)

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What would you say are the biggest issues facing the area you seek to represent and how would you address those?

Oneida County needs more jobs.

A vibrant economy enables the county to better serve the residents of District 11 and the rest of the county. An expanding employment base provides the means to responsibly provide services and assistance, whether it is money to support flood mitigation work in Whitestown, helping keep our children safe in their schools, or some other initiative to make life better for our residents.

I have advocated for and supported investing in our infrastructure and working with the private sector to create good-paying jobs. Recently completed projects, including the rehabilitation of the Adirondack Bank Center, and ones in the planning and design stages, including the Cree computer chip plant in Marcy, all point to a more robust future.

The attraction of new businesses and industry and retention and expansion of existing ones are key factors to the long-term betterment of the county’s communities and their residents.

What makes you the best candidate for the job? 

Let's keep up the momentum we’re seeing around the county by re-electing a proven advocate for District 11 and the county. During my eight-year tenure important legislation has been passed to increase jobs, help ensure the safety of our school children and staff, build a stronger infrastructure, and other major issues with fiscally responsible legislators who work together to hold the line on taxes, solve problems and get things done. Closer to home, I've been strong advocate for flood mitigation efforts in Whitestown.

I supported and advocated for the $2.75 million allocation of county funds for flood mitigation and flood victim relief. I supported an agreement between the county and Whitestown to assist with a project on Utica Street. The town was awarded $1.4 million through the program for bridge reconstruction.

It's important to keep the county Legislature in experienced hands. I know how to achieve results for my constituents.