Election Preview: Three running for two LeRoy City Council postsPublished 4:53pm Friday, November 2, 2012
A concerned LeRoy resident with a growing interest in government is running for city council in her town.
Kathleen Gottschalk, 10-year LeRoy resident and first-time city council candidate has a vested interest in her town.
“I’ve just always been interested in city government and pretty much in any government, so I figure, city council is a good place to start,” she said
Gottschalk is a 21-year member of the military and nearly ready to retire from the Air Force Reserve with leadership qualities. One of her concerns with LeRoy is business and attracting visitors. She is concerned about keeping people in the area as well.
“I’d like to see more businesses move our way,” she said. “I’d like to see more people shopping locally.”
Part of that, she added, is making sure the town stays clean, presentable, and marketable to people who pass through.
Nineteen-year LeRoy resident Ashley Huntley has multiple reasons for running as a LeRoy City Council candidate. She doesn’t have to look outside her own home to know why she is running.
“I actually have three kids and one on the way,” Huntley said. “And I am very involved, and I have a small business in this town.”
Huntley runs in-home child care in LeRoy. One concern she has regards safety. She would like to see increased law enforcement patrol in town. She would also like to see lower taxes but respects the fact there is a balancing act in politics.
“Every city needs property taxes, but I would like to see them lowered like everybody else,” she said. “But we also need to keep in mind property taxes keep our infrastructure and city going.”
Huntley added she is a good candidate because she knows many of the people in town, knows their children and will keep herself educated about all the issues.
—Justin Brandau did not return calls for comment.