How long have you lived in Manlius?
I first moved to Fayetteville in the early 70's after graduating college. My wife and I moved to Oneida when we first got married and moved back to Fayetteville in 1998. I started my business in Manlius in 1977, sold it in 2006, and have been a salesperson for Hunt Real Estate for the last three years. Our office is in the Towne Center.
What do you like most about your community? What would you like to change?
Manlius has some of the friendliest people I have ever known, and I enjoy its proximity to downtown and to rural areas. I like the uniqueness of our three villages, and the many recreational opportunities available in the Central New York area. It is important to make sure that any future growth in the town is done within the parameters of a long-term plan; insuring open spaces are managed wisely.
What was the most difficult aspect of campaigning? What was the most enjoyable?
The most time-consuming and least productive part of campaigning was trying to get my individual campaign organized; designing campaign literature, taking phone calls, answering email, etc. The best part was going door to door, meeting people and discovering what issues concerned them the most. People were friendly and genuinely glad that someone running for office actually came to their door and asked for their opinion.
What were your first thoughts upon learning of your victory?
I knew from the beginning that my election would be a long shot, so on election night when the returns started coming in, I was a little incredulous. "Are you sure those numbers are correct?" And then gratified that so many people had confidence in me. Finally, I was hit by the enormity of it all, because now the real work is beginning.