The retirements from public service by Mayor Bob Freunscht and village Board of Trustees member Barbara Delaney left two positions in Chittenango government wide open this year. In addition, the seat of Trustee Michael Sudol also is up for re-election.
Dep. Mayor Ronny Goeler will ascend to the village's top seat, and Sudol is running to retain his seat. Rounding out the Republican trio is newcomer Melinda "Mickey" Kopp who will replace Delaney on the board.
In addition to receiving their primary party's nod, the trio captured the endorsements of the Conservative Party of Madison County and the Madison County Independence Party, announced earlier this year by their respective chairmen, John Mulhall of Cazenovia and Terry Karst of Oneida.
We recently asked the candidates a few questions, and we share their responses here to help voters get to know them.
Ronny Goeler, 48, Woodgate Road
Why are you running for election/re-election?
I am running for mayor of the village of Chittenango so that I can continue to work on revitalizing the village and to connect our pocket communities to our downtown. I would like to continue working on the comprehensive plan, which will help Chittenango improve for years to come.
What is the top skill you will rely on to move the village into the future?
I feel I have the ability to use diplomacy as well as my volunteer spirit to bring people together. I feel I have a positive outlook and will work with those people who share this positive outlook to bring us into the future.
What is the top obstacle to implementing the comprehensive plan now underway?
Like anything new, it will take time for people to buy into this. I feel if we use it as road map, as things begin to turn around so will the resistance to change.