Jim Thorpe Borough Candidates Night at the Mauch Chunk Opera House on Wednesday night produced thoughtful responses to a host of different questions about issues in Jim Thorpe and visions for the future. Participating as candidates for mayor were Michael Sofranko and Jeremy Melber. Candidates for Borough Council were Justin Yaich, Kyle Scheckler, Don Reese, Ammon Hontz, Dan Rimski, Greg Strubinger and Joanne Klitch.
The event was sponsored by the Jim Thorpe Chamber of Commerce. A few basic themes took shape during the course of evening. As indicated by the questions from the audience, concerns included how to control the speed of cars and traffic flow on Broadway, how to officiate between the interests of residents and businesses in the tourist trade, and whether or not the borough should hire a town manager.
The last question seemed to generate the most diversity of response, varying from concerns of how to pay the added salary to the consequences of continuing in the present mode where volunteer council members do their best to grapple with the town’s problems.
Pride in community certainly seemed to be a resonant theme, embodied by responses to the question What town or city in the United States would you model Jim Thorpe after? The general response was that Jim Thorpe itself is a distinctly unique community with valuable assets that any other town would love to have: a night life, good schools and safe streets, beautiful countyside, outstanding choices for entertainment and proximity to urban centers.
Afterwards, a meet-and-greet was held and the audience and candidates had lively conversations for another hour.