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New Windsor Town Council candidate: Tom Gubernatis

New Windsor Town Council candidate: Tom Gubernatis
Tom Gubernatis is running for one of three open seats on the New Windsor Town Council against Michael Scott Barclay, Terry Green, William Holl, Michael Zepp, and incumbents David Hoffman and Kimberlee Schultz. (Tom Gubernatis/Courtesy photo)

Ahead of this spring’s municipal elections, the Carroll County Times has asked candidates to provide information on themselves and their priorities. Their responses are listed here in full.

Tom Gubernatis is running for one of three open seats on the New Windsor Town Council against Michael Scott Barclay, Terry Green, William Holl, Michael Zepp, and incumbents David Hoffman and Kimberlee Schultz. Here are Gubernatis’ responses.

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Biographical information

1. I have been an electrician for 28 years through Local 24 I.B.E.W.

2. I am a graduate of Liberty High School. I’m also a graduate of a 5 year electrical apprenticeship through Local 24 I.B.E.W.

3. 16 year member of The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks Westminster, MD Lodge #2277.

4. No past political experience.

5. I have been a resident of New Windsor for 14 years. I grew up in Sykesville/Eldersburg.

Why do you want to serve in this role?

I want to serve in this role to bring new ideas and a fresh perspective while learning things hands on.

How do you plan to represent your municipality’s interests in the county government?

I plan to represent my municipalities interests in the county government by working to be the best advocate I can be for my hometown and by working with those that represent us.

Name something you would begin working to accomplish as soon as your first week on the job.

For my first week on the job I would begin accomplishing a true appreciation for how the town functions, the needs that it has, needs that present themselves to the town and to work to find ways to unite the community while decreasing expenses that face us all.

What skills do you have to offer constituents that other candidates might not?

I have served in the building trades now for 28 years now. My job has tasked me with managing anything from service calls to large contracts. I have a great understanding of how this process works and how various crafts tie in together to complete a project. Whether in a service truck or as supervision on a job, I’ve had to be a front man in working with customers, other contractors and people that what we accomplish touch and impact. I’m very well spoken and respected.

What one thing would you most like to see changed?

What I’d like to see changed is less of a financial burden on those that live in this small community. People have struggled for a long while now with our very expensive water and sewer rates. I would like to see our town become friendly to and attract small businesses for people to enjoy and make getting around here fun. I’d also like to see things such as a movie in the park or other social gathering type ideas that people can enjoy close to home to get themselves and their children out while connecting with and meeting other families.

What are your campaign priorities?

My campaign priorities are:

a. Work with the Mayor and council to find a solution to put the wastewater expenses to rest for the town and its residents.

b. Work with the Mayor and council to try and achieve grants to help with our infrastructure and for things that would improve our quality of life in town.

c. Work with the Mayor and council to create an open and welcoming door to the residents to hopefully encourage them to be more involved and to feel welcomed.

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What is your position on the “pay-as-you-throw” pilot program?

My position on the Pay-As-You-Throw pilot program is that I’m not fond of how it was implemented and the lack of true facts and figures on its performance. This program was adopted while residents still paid through taxes their existing trash removal service. I believe that recycling is important and many are very conscious of its importance but how it was promoted vs what was apparent were two different things. The assumption that one can simply pay per what they throw across the board is simply not a fair assumption when you take in consideration the additional people needed to put out if they had children in diapers or any other extraordinary circumstance.

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