The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

April 17, 2013

Council candidate wants to parlay years of agriculture leadership to help community

By Robert Stoneback
The Danville News

RIVERSIDE — A borough council candidate hopes to use her years of leadership experience to benefit Riverside.

“I’ve always been involved legislatively in either my occupation or community,” said Caressa Compton, who has sat on the governor’s renewable energy council from 2005 to 2007. In addition, she has previously served Chairperson of the Young Farmers and Ranchers Association from 2006 to 2009 and has participated in Penn State’s two-year RULE leadership program.

The goal of RULE, which stands for Rural-Urban Leadership, is to train community leaders and have them become involved in their home regions. Compton said that program was a large part of her inspiration to run for council.

Compton has worked for the past 10 years as a licensed crop insurance agent and is a 1987 graduate of Danville High School. She has lived just outside of or close to Riverside most of her life. She moved within the borough about six years ago.

She has also served on the Penn State extension board for Northumberland County. She is currently on the program’s advisory board.

“Communication tends to be my strong suit,” she said, and hopes her background in agriculture can help her better connect with the area’s rural businesses, laws and residents.

Compton, who is running as a Republican, faces a very open field this election cycle. Three council seats are set to be vacant come election time, those of current council president Peter Fleming and members John LaMotte and Bob Betts. LaMotte, a Democrat is running for mayor against Republican and former borough manager Joe Oberdorf.

A fourth council member, Mike Maize, will be running for reelection.