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Fayetteville: Three vie for two trustee slots

While Mayor Mark Olson and Village Justice Tom Miller run unopposed, three vie for two trustee slots in Fayetteville: incumbents Mary Coleman and Dan Kinsella, and political newcomer Rick Suatoni.

Village elections will take place Tuesday March 18. Below are the candidate profiles:

Rick Suatoni

Party:

Independent

Political experience:

None

Community involvement:

Worked with past mayor and current mayor Mark Olson on traffic safety issues in the village.

Why should people vote for you?

I'm a longtime village resident and have a long-term commitment to the village. I have two children in the Fayetteville-Manlius School District. I will represent all the people, not just a select few. I have a good relationship with the current mayor and board.

What are the top three village issues you would like to address if elected?

Taxes

Quality of life as it pertains to taxes and traffic gridlock. Many hardworking people are being financially strained by excessively escalating property taxes.

Traffic

Because of the unregulated growth surrounding the village, many residents find it extremely difficult and unsafe to work in and around the village because of traffic gridlock.

Maintenance and improvements

I promise to work at all levels of government, to ensure the infrastructure -- roads and sidewalks are updated and adequate to accommodate the increase in traffic.

Mary Coleman (incumbent)

Party:

Community

Political experience:

Fayetteville trustee since 2004

Community involvement:

Member of Immaculate Conception Church; Eucharistic Minister; Liturgy Committee; Women of IC; Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce; Syracuse Chamber of Commerce

Why should people vote for you?

I have four years of experience as a village trustee. I have acquired knowledge on how local government works and should continue to use that knowledge to better our community.

What are the top three village issues you would like to address if elected?

Codes

Continue to update and reorganize the village codebook to make it more applicable to current needs.

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