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

MICHAEL CLANCY (D,WF,I)

Age: 65

Education: Bachelor's degree, Utica College teaching certificate, Utica College

Professional/previous political experience: Union representative for the United Food & Commercial Workers, 25 years. County legislator, 12 years

Family: Married to Robin Woodward, 41 years; one son, Patrick

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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?

My district covers parts of Rome and Verona so some issues are different. In Rome, we need to keep supporting all improvements to the MVCC Campus as I have always done, as well as continuing to oppose the closing of the Rome DMV office. These are the most important services that the county provides for the residents of Rome. In Verona, continued funding from the Indian Gaming Agreement has to continue to offset the loss of so much tax revenue from all of the property taken off of the tax rolls. Without these funds, VVS School District, the Town of Verona and the Verona Vol. Fire Dept. would not be able to provide their various services without massive tax increases. I will continue to champion this funding.

What makes you the best candidate for the job?

I believe my 12 years of experience, my 10 years as the Assistant Minority Leader gives me an advantage when advocating for my District. I am familiar with the department heads, the budget process and how to get support for my resolutions- all of which take time to learn. As a member I served over 20 years as the VVS and/or Verona Little League president and Babe Ruth treasurer I showed a deep commitment to my community. Through four or five different presidents of the Verona Fire Dept., the members have elected me 19 times to be their treasurer which I think shows confidence form the people that know me best in our area.

 

CYNTHIA ROGERS-WITT (R,C)

Age: 62

Education: Rome schools and completed several courses at MVCC

Professional/political experience: Retired NYS employee having worked for CNYDSO (now OPWDD). Worked as a supervisor in a few group homes and was the vice president of CSEA 414. Currently the secretary for the Rome Republican Committee, assistant treasurer for the 100,000 women’s Republican Committee and chair of Rome’s Civil Service Commission.

Family: Married to Ron Witt; five children, Frank, Eric, Laura, Shaunna and Cherelle; 12 grandchildren, one great-grandchild.

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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?

While walking and meeting the residents of the district I have found that taxes, road and bridge conditions, public safety, the opioid epidemic, and school safety are the greatest concerns.

If elected, I will insist on fiscally responsible policies that balance the needs of the community. I would immediately seek to bring together the leaders of Verona and the City of Rome to discuss shared services. I would advocate for an all hands on deck approach for advocating for road and bridge funding. The economic development momentum we are experiencing cannot be held back...

I will work with all fire departments in the district to seek assistance in improving their ability to operate. I will have open lines of communication and will relay their needs to the legislative body and the community.

I believe we need to be proactive in regards to the opioid epidemic.

What makes you the best candidate for the job?

I believe I am the best candidate for the job as I have spent my entire adult life representing, caring for and advocating for others both with my job at the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities and with my involvement with CSEA. As a supervisor of a group home, I have experience ensuring that services are provided and implemented. I have a good listening ear and memory. I like people and I take pleasure in getting to know everybody, and what makes them tick. I listen to their issues, and what is important to them. I am methodical in making sure I have done my research and have all necessary data when attending meetings and presenting issues. I am a congenial and respectful person, but I am also a fighter and can be relentless in an argument.