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  • Deborah Cleeton
    (D)

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    Gina Thompson
    (Dem)

Biographical Information

If elected, what will be your three top priorities, and how will you address them?

Date of Birth 1951
Education Graduate State College Area High School
Qualifications Bellefonte Zoning Hearing Board; board of directors, Center for Alternatives in Community Justice; planning committees, Bellefonte Arts & Crafts Fair/Bellefonte Victorian Christmas; volunteer, RSVP
Public transportation: Advocate for the use of public transportation to reduce traffic congestion and lower carbon emissions. Renewable energy: Encourage pilot programs to explore renewable energy generation for the residents and businesses within the Borough. Considerate Development: Promote economic development that supports the needs of all citizens of our community.
Date of Birth 1/31/1984
Education M.Ed. Curriculum and Instruction, Penn State University. B.A. Secondary Education, Social Studies. Penn State University
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/gthompsonbellefontecouncil/
My top three priorities as a Bellefonte Borough Council member are to 1) enhance and support outdoor recreation in this region; 2) help to develop a successful and thriving downtown; and 3) maintain a fiscally responsible budget.

I am deeply passionate about the outdoors. There is nothing more wonderful about this region than its beautiful forests, streams, and availability for outdoor recreation. Outdoor recreation brings in tourism and positively affects towns that take advantage of it. I look forward to supporting opportunities that bring people into our region to experience all that we have to offer in regards to the outdoors.

My other passion is local living and local community. I've been a resident of Bellefonte for 15 years and it's been exciting to see this town become a vibrant and energetic community. People from all over the region and state are visiting Bellefonte and eager to experience what we have to offer. I will continue promote growth and sustainability in our community and to support the local businesses in any way that I can.

Finally, as chair of the finance committee, I understand how important it is that residents do not see large increases in their taxes. Therefore, it's important to me to carefully examine our expenditures and ask the difficult questions of how, why, and where borough money goes. My goal is to continue to maintain a fiscally responsible budget as we have now and to prevent unnecessary spending.