By CRISTINE MEIXNER
BENSON - Town of Benson Supervisor Ermina Pincombe is not running for another two-year term. Her son, Republican David L. Pincombe, is running for her seat, as is former councilman Phillip C. Snyder, also a Republican. They will face off in the Sept. 10 Primary Elections.
PINCOMBE, 54, holds an associate's degree. He is employed as an architectural designer and office manager.
He has spent over 20 years in the Music Ministry, the last six as cantor; two-and-a-half years on the Parish Council at St. Ann's Church in Wells; six years as a board member and Building Committee chairman for Hamilton County Historical Society; and one year on the board of Habitat for Humanity of Fulton County.
Pincombe was deputy town supervisor in the early 1980s and again since 2007. He is very familiar with the board's policies.
The current town supervisor, Ermina Pincombe, is his mother.
He wants to be supervisor due to his "sense of civic duty and a desire to serve my town in a capacity where I can utilize my talents to make a difference."
As for qualifications, Pincombe cites his experience as office manager for a local architectural engineering firm, "where I handle all phases of financial administration, health insurance, payroll and personnel issues.
"Due to the recent illness of our current supervisor, I have been serving as acting supervisor since February and will do so until the end of her term [Dec. 31]."
If elected, Pincombe says, "I would like to see more citizen involvement at board meetings. This is the best opportunity for the public to learn and see how their tax dollars are being spent and to actively participate in the process of government."
The top two issues in Benson, he says, are keeping taxes in line and the need for jobs.
"We have many citizens on fixed incomes. With the loss of higher interest rates on savings investments and no government revenue sharing as in the past, it is hard to upgrade anything in our infrastructure without raising taxes.
"It is going to take foresight and fortitude from a strong leader to hold the line on runaway taxes. I believe I can help make reasonable, fiscally responsible decisions," Pincombe says.
"We have seen too many young people having to leave the area to make a living after graduating high school. There are myriad reasons for their leaving, but a prime one is the lack of economic development.
"As town supervisor, I would be on the county Board of Supervisors and in a position to assist in decisions that could help us retain our youths and slow the 'brain drain' from the area. I look forward to the chance to try to make a difference."
SNYDER, 61, is a self-employed contractor. He served as a temporary councilman in 2011 and as deputy highway superintendent 2010-2012.
During the past year Snyder says he attended all but one town board meeting. He says he is very familiar with the board's policies.
If elected Snyder says he will help board members make good, informed decisions.
He says the top two issues for Benson are recordkeeping and finances and working with board members as one group.