5 seek 4 council seats in New Mat

Five candidates are running for four open seats on the village council of New Matamoras.

Terry Dunn and Janet Schwaben are lifelong residents of the village.

“I just want to give back to the community,” Dunn, a truck driver and volunteer firefighter, said Monday. “I like volunteering for stuff.”

The 36-year-old started firefighting as a junior firefighter and was certified when he was 18 years old. He’s seen the community change as he grew up, he said, and would like to bring back some of the atmosphere the village used to have when he was younger. He and his wife have seven children, three of them adopted.

“I just want to see changes for our kids, to see us do better with our money,” he said. “It used to be that neighbors would get together and do things, so it takes more than one person to make changes … I can sit here and complain all day long but if I don’t become a part of it, there’s nothing I can do.”

Why vote for him?

“I’m here for the people, not just certain people, but for everybody,” he said.

Janet Schwaben, 64, said she would like to see the village cleaned up.

“I’ve seen a few things that need taken care of, to sort of better this town,” she said. “Some of the properties need cleaned, the city drains need tended to.”

She said she’d also like to provide encouragement to have new businesses open.

“I’ve lived here all my life, I know what goes on,” she said. “I have ideas, and a lot of people know who I am.”

The Times left messages Monday by phone for candidates James Addlesburger and Adam Wolfe but the messages were not returned. The phone number for Jerry

Felton provided by the Washington County Board of Elections was disconnected.