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

ROBERT BURMASTER (D,WF)

Editor's note: When reached with a candidate survey, Burmaster responded with a generalized candidacy letter. He did not return additional requests for comment.

An applicable of the letter has been used to answer one of two questions addressed to him as well as some parts of the candidate survey submitted to the candidates for Utica Common Council.

Professional/political experience/other: Current Ward 2 councilman; active member, Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks Utica Lodge No. 33 (11 years)

Education: Attended MVCC, Utica School of Commerce

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What makes you the best candidate for the job?

I believe I have some good ideas to help improve West Utica. The first being giving more attentions to each and every household making sure the lawns are kept, trash in yards are taken care of in a proper manor, and working with codes to make sure these items are addressed. I also am looking forward to working on the budget in making sure the city gets what they need to help run operations to maintain good running order of all equipment ie police cars, DPW trucks and equipment, fire trucks and equipment etc. My passion is to improve the living conditions in our area. I will also keep a big eye on the development of our new hospital and any other new developments to our area. For the better of a greater Utica.

DAVID M. HERBOWY (R,C,I)

Age: 35

Education: B.A. Environmental Design (Urban Planning), School of Architecture & Planning, SUNY Buffalo

Occupation: Project manager

Professional and previous political experience: Over a decade of professional experience in engineering and management. No prior political experience.

Family information: Wife, Jennifer

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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?

Utica's neighborhoods have been adversely impacted by issues related to absentee landlords and codes/zoning enforcement. A separate contributing factor, unique to West Utica, includes the recent rise in demand for off campus student housing associated with nearby Utica College. In addition to worsening absentee landlord and codes issues, the integration of the student population into our neighborhoods has been disruptive in certain cases. Under my representation, absentee landlords will be held accountable, and I will work with the administration to better allocate resources dedicated to codes and zoning enforcement. I will also facilitate a line of communication between the City, Utica College, and the constituents who live in neighborhoods with student population in an effort to improve the integration of students into our community.

What makes you the best candidate for the job?

From a qualifications standpoint, my educational background in Urban Planning and my professional experience in engineering and management would be an asset in this position. More importantly, as a homeowner and taxpayer living in West Utica, I am seeking this seat to improve the quality of life for our constituents and improve our city.