Republicans prepare for elections
By Kimberly A. Michalak
It will be a few months before elections take place in the town of Camillus, but Republicans in the area are busy preparing for the upcoming races. On July 19, local Republicans gathered at the Erie Canal Park in Camillus for a fundraiser barbecue.
David Cook will be running against Diane Dwire for the fifth ward seat and Keith DiBello will run against James Salanger in the fourth ward.
"We think that our leaders have done a great job locally," Chairperson of the Republican Committee John Petosa said. "Therefore we hope that we don't get painted with a broad brush because of national politics."
Local Republicans are proud of the positive growth that has taken place in the Camillus area. For most it was too early to comment on election races, but it was agreed that there was excitement and enthusiasm about the candidates.
One candidate that has local Republicans enthused is Michelle Pirro Bailey who is running for family court judge.
"I'm running for the position because I believe that family is the most important court in the system," Pirro Bailey said. "I'm looking forward to being able to help people."
Pirro Bailey is no stranger to family court; she spent years as a family court lawyer and is currently the principal law clerk to Judge Anthony Paris.
"Camillus has experienced both commercial and residential growth at a nice pace. The steadiness of growth means that we haven't had to tax our local resources," Petosa said.