Bukolt, Wilbur vying for district 21 in the Oswego County legislature

Incumbent Terry M. Wilbur and challenger Michael P. Bukolt are seeking the two-year seat on the Oswego County Legislature representing District 21.

Wilbur is on the Republican, Conservative and Independence lines and Bukolt is on a local party line.

The legislator position pays $12,345 a year in 2013.

Here is some biographical information on each candidate and their answers to one question about the county.

Michael Bukolt

Age: 54

Address: 8482 State Route 104, Hannibal

How long have you lived in the district: more than 23 years

Education: Attended Clinton Community College and Onondaga Community College studying business management

Occupation: Between jobs but have been a northeastern regional sales manager for more than 25 years. Have more than 25 years of experience balancing budgets and developing programs for personnel

Community service: Democratic committee man, election inspector

Other elected offices: None


What is the biggest problem or issue facing Oswego County and how would you solve it?

I feel that some of the largest problems we have in the county are as follows:

Fiscal responsibility accountability to the voters, transparency and ethics.

I feel my experience in corporate America has made me uniquely qualified to handle budgets and do long-term and short-term strategic planning for our county

I am used to getting great results in whatever I do and I am able to pay attention to detail, enabling me to seek out local grants and scrutinize spending to insure the proper allocation of funds that are needed while cutting unnecessary expenditures thus optimizing taxpayer dollars.

Terry Wilbur

Age: 25

Address: 87 Fowler Road, Oswego

How long have you lived in the district you are running in: Whole life

Education: Associate’s degree in Criminal Justice; bachelor’s in political science

Occupation: Farm  employee; constituent liaison for New York state Assembly

Community service: Member- Hannibal Historical Society; secretary – Our Lady of the Rosary Parish Council; member – Oswego County Soil and Water Board; chairman- Oswego County Farm Land Protection Board; member- Oswego County Sportsmen Federation; member- New York State Association of Counties Task Force on Agriculture; president- Hannibal Central School Alumni Association; member- Cayuga Community College Alumni Board

Have you held any other political offices: Village trustee, Hannibal, three years.


What is the biggest problem or issue facing Oswego County and how would you solve it?

Two fold: cutting spending; and fighting for job growth.

Spending is always a concern and I wish more people would get involved in the budget process. Every year I fight to lessen the tax burden we all face and every year it seems more and more is shoved down upon us from the state.

Locally we do everything we can to provide needed services while controlling spending.

Along those same lines, growing the economy is job number one.  The best way for us to get out of this stagnant economy is to cut redundancy in government and allow the free market to work.

Whether it is agricultural jobs, retail, construction or manufacturing I am proud to partner with anyone willing to help provide good paying jobs for Oswego County residents.


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