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Six vie for three Van Buren seats

Three councilor seats are open on the town of Van Buren board for the upcoming election.

Councilors Wendy Van Der Water, Dan Quackenbush and Arie "Piels" Scholten terms will expire at the end of the year. Van Der Water will not be running in the upcoming election. Incumbents Quackenbush and Scholten will be running, along with Wade Marvin, Mary Frances Sabin, Derek Shephard and former village trustee Howard Tupper.

The Baldwinsville Messenger recently interviewed the six candidates and received the following responses:

Name: Dan Quackenbush

Address: 792 Fairway Circle Baldwinsville

Age: 60

Political affiliation: Conservative Party endorsed by the Democratic Party.

Professional experience: 24 years as a software engineer / consulting firm owner; 11 years as professional SCUBA diver/Dive shop manager; Nine+ years combined service in the Army/Reserves/National Guard; Vietnam Vet, two tours of duty.

Political experience: 16 years town councilor, 12 years as deputy supervisor

Community involvement: One year school board budget committee; Eight years Pop Warner football coach. Six years president of the Pop Warner Association; Nine years B'ville football Assistant Coach.

Family: One son and three granddaughters.

Why are you running for office?

I am running for office because I have been a councilor for going on 16 years. I have a lot of experience to offer to the voters of Van Buren and right now, with a new supervisor coming in, it is important that he has an experienced town board around him, not four new people who have to learn the job.

What is the number one issue/problem you feel is facing town residents?

In my view the number one problem/issue facing the town residents is the possibility that control of the town will be turned over to the Republican Committee. Let me explain: if the slate of candidates nominated by the Republicans is elected, six of the seven positions on the town board will be committee members. Remember, nobody elected the committee and that is why I am running -- to keep the two-party system alive in our town. I was a Republican for most of my adult life, and left the local party this past year because I could not let the committee control me in my discharge of duties for the town. Rather, I based my decisions on years of experience and doing what is right for the town, not what is right for the Republican Committee and it's members. There needs to be checks and balances on the town board.

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