Erie Chamber Blog
Wednesday April 21,  2021

Meet the Candidates is an annual education series to connect the business community to citizens seeking public office in Erie County. Candidates were invited to complete a brief questionnaire; answers appear as provided by the candidate. The views expressed below are not those of the Erie Regional Chamber. We invite you to get to know the candidates and mark your calendars to vote in Pennsylvania's Primary Election on Tuesday, May 18th. 

Meet the Candidate: James Lindstrom
Millcreek Township Supervisor

Current Employer
Local TV Station

About Ryan
I’ve lived in Millcreek Township for 24 years. I’m a graduate of McDowell High School (2009) and Gannon University (2013, Communication Arts). I currently work at a local tv station. I have volunteered with the youth in our community at places like the Erie Zoo. I enjoy being involved with the community. I’ve worked the polls on election day.

Why did you want to run for Millcreek Township Supervisor?

I want to serve the Millcreek community. We are at a critical state where economic growth is essential. I want to see Millcreek Township lead the way locally.

What are your top three priorities you wish to work on if elected?

Economic growth, transparency, and listening to the taxpayers.

How would you be an advocate for key education initiatives such as the Erie County Community College, K-12 education, and early education as they relate to workforce development?

I do believe it is important for students to be prepared for the workforce. I believe it is important for students to know their options prior to graduating from high school. We are lucky to have many options in this region. I believe Millcreek’s partnership with Vo-Tech is one helpful resource for some students. A four-year college program isn’t for everyone. The only concern I have with the community college is how it will be funded in five or 10 years. Access to various training programs, trade programs, and various degree programs is essential. My hope is this can be addressed at the K-12 level. A Community College is a fine option for some, as long as we don't raise taxes on struggling residents to fund the project. Having well-trained individuals graduating from these various programs is in the best interest of our region. We also need to work on keeping students in this area after they graduate.

How will you work to advocate for the modernization of public health infrastructure and encourage public/private partnerships to address deficiencies in our public health system? 

This year has taught us the value of having access to healthcare. I believe there is a lot of work that needs to be done in this area at various levels. We have great healthcare facilities in this area. A healthcare system that prioritizes the citizens of this area is vital to public health.

According to, Erie County is estimated to have lost over 28% of small businesses. How would you work to encourage financial stability within local and state governments without overburdening the small business community?

I believe the best thing government can do for small businesses is to stay off their backs. Red tape and over-taxation will not attract businesses to Millcreek Township. The various loan programs offered at both the Township level and other levels of government are helpful during these tough times. Government can create an environment for businesses to grow, but they should be careful not to burden them. I would say keeping taxes low and providing incentives for businesses to stay in this region is a good strategy.

Our community is expecting a total of $225 million or more in American Recovery Plan funds.  As a community leader, how would you prioritize this funding?

I believe any funds from the government should be used to help those struggling because of the pandemic. We should try to bring as much funding as possible to help the businesses and residents of Millcreek.

Pittsburgh has seen success with tools such as Tax Increment Finance and Transit Revitalization Investment District to spur their City’s revitalization.  Are you willing to make long-term investments in economic development?

I believe any incentives to attract business to Millcreek are a good thing. We have so many valuable assets in Millcreek that attract tourists, such as Presque Isle. I believe revitalizing areas like West Eighth and Peninsula Drive would be a good start. I would focus on investing in these key areas of Millcreek that are vital to the economic success of Western PA.

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