To a city that has been listed as “distressed” for 20 years, which matters more now…Experience or Passion? Well, Scranton is going to have to decide in the next election as they choose a new Mayor. Here is their first candidate…
From the Times Tribune:
A Keyser Valley Republican who labels himself an entrepreneur is the first candidate to formally announce plans to run to succeed Mayor Chris Doherty.
Marcel J. Lisi, 24, of 2406 Jackson St., said he wants to lower taxes, attract new businesses and jobs, eliminate debt and wasteful spending, and maintain and improve the city’s infrastructure.
He was unable to provide specifics on how he’ll do that.
If elected, he’s hoping to work with citizens and city council members “to find some things in the budget that we can cut.”
Mr. Lisi could not name any cuts he might suggest, but said he wants to foster public debate on solving the financially distressed city’s problems.
“I’m still talking to people. I really want everybody involved with this,” he said. “I really can’t put a single issue out there. … The main thing is you’ve got to bring jobs to the area. How do you bring jobs to the area? You lower taxes, property, (and) for instance, wage taxes. It’s pretty high around here.”
Jobs and growth should follow lower taxes, he said. “It’s just that simple. You’re not going to broaden the tax base by scaring people away from the city,” he said.
Mr. Doherty said earlier this month he would not seek a fourth four-year term in office for the $50,000-a-year job. City Tax Collector Bill Courtright, a former city councilman and a Democrat, is widely expected to announce a campaign for mayor on Sunday.
Mr. Lisi, a 2006 West Scranton High School graduate, earned a bachelor’s degree in history and political science from Marywood University in 2010. He lists internships with U.S. Sen. Bob Casey and the late Sen. Arlen Specter and former U.S. Rep. Paul Kanjorski on his biography.