Elections shape up
By Kimberly A. Michalak
The filing deadline for the March 20 elections recently passed, and with that deadline came news of races heating up in the western suburbs.
There will be two-way races in two of Solvay's three wards. In the village of Camillus, Mayor Ed Fletcher will face a challenge while three people have filed to run for the two trustee positions at stake. Jordan has two trustees running unopposed.
In Elbridge, where no regular election was scheduled this year, voters will go to the polls in a special election to fill the mayor's seat, left vacant by the resignation of Dennis Pelmear. Trustee Henry Doerr is unopposed for the two-year, $4,000 job to replace Pelmear, who left to become Elbridge town highway superintendent, also an elective office.
Fletcher has been mayor since 1999 and is looking for another two-year term. The post pays $4,400 a year.
Thomas Grant, who has run for mayor three times and lost, is Fletcher's opposition.
Trustee seats held by Anne Clancy and Joe Sammarco are on the ballot. Clancy, planning board member Sharon Hannon and Brian Raichlin have filed to run for trustee, which pays $1,800 a year. Sammarco will not seek reelection.
Jordan Trustees Pat Mooney and Lee Badman have filed to run unopposed for the seats they hold. Badman was appointed to fill the final year of a board vacancy last year and must run now. The trustee position pays $1,650.
Robert H.W. Wills, who has served as acting justice, has filed to run for the justice seat. Justice Marilyn Colletta did not seek re-election.
Doerr's election to a two-year term will leave a vacancy among the trustees. Trustee Ann LaFond announced her resignation less than two weeks ago because she is moving out of the village, and that position was filled by the temporary appointment of Darrell Hagerman. The trustee musical chairs means the village will have to hold another special election in March 2008 to fill those seats for the full term. Meanwhile, the board likely will appoint someone to replace Doerr for the coming year.