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Democratic candidate Debbie Demmon and Republican candidate Allison Edsall both explained why they're running for town clerk.

Demmon is currently the deputy town clerk working under incumbent Terry Sloan who is not seeking re-election. While she wants to build on what Sloan has taught her, she also said she wants to bring a new, fresh look to the position.

Edsall has worked as the Manlius Village Court Clerk since 2004 and said her passion for public service runs three generations in her family. She said she wants to provide care, respect and dignity to those she serves in the community.

Democrat Tim Welch and Republican Sal Pavone were given two minutes to introduce themselves as the town justice candidates.

Manlius village mayor Rick Penhall and 20-year incumbent Bill Bennett were also given the same opportunity to speak freely as highway superintendent candidates.

County Legislators running for re-election, including Republican incumbent Kevin Holmquist (10th-D), Republican Bob DeMore (12th-D) and Democrat Geri Feldman (11th-D), also attended the meeting. Mark Waldauer, running for Onondaga County family court judge, also spoke.

Assemblyman Bill Magnarelli and challenger Joanie Mahoney, running for county executive, gave a brief introduction before the session began.

Below is a brief profile of town candidate:

Town supervisor:

Hank Chapman

Republican Party; Independence Party endorsement

Political experience:

Town supervisor since 2002, served two years prior as town councilor; served on village of Fayetteville zoning board and Manlius village zoning board

Community involvement:

Wortley Foundation, board of directors; Fayetteville Senior Center, former board member and vice chairman; former coach Fayetteville-Manlius Little League, F-M Youth Soccer, F-M Youth Basketball

Mark Tetley

Democratic Party; Conservative Party endorsement

Political experience:

Ran for county legislator two years ago; chair of the Manlius Democratic Committee since 2004

Community involvement:

Literacy Volunteers of America volunteer (Utica area); former member of the Manlius Chamber of Commerce; active member of the Greater Manlius Chamber of Commerce as chair of the Democratic Committee; member of the Thursday Morning Roundtable -- a public service program sponsored by Syracuse University's University College; member of the Onondaga Citizen's League which is associated with TMR

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