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Minoa mayor's seat contested

First-time candidate Tracy Callahan is challenging incumbant Dick Donovan for his spot as the Minoa Mayor.

Four vie for two trustee seats: incumbents Ron Cronk and Ed Theobald, and Mike Pede and Eric Christensen.

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

Candidates for mayor

Richard J. Donovan (incumbent)

Party:

Resource Party

Political experience:

Fourteen years as Minoa village trustee;

Four years as Minoa village mayor;

Thirteen years as Town of Manlius Zoning Board member;

Two years as president of the Onondaga County Mayors Association;

New York Conference of Mayors member and have sat on various committees in my capacity as mayor over the past four years.

Community involvement:

Onondaga Pandemic Flu Committee, member;

Town of Manlius Disaster Preparedness Committee;

Town of Manlius Emergency Service Committee;

New York state Fire Chiefs Association, member;

Onondaga County Community Development Steering Committee, member;

ES-M School to College and Career Advisory Board, member;

International Fire Chiefs Association, former member;

Town of Manlius ZBA, former member;

Co-founder, past advisor for Explorer Post 996;

Initiated and chaired construction of the St. Mary's baseball field project;

Served eight and a half years with the Minoa Fire Department, EMT;

Served 20 years with MKAA (ES-M Youth Sports), three years as president;

Past member of the Board of Members at the East Area YMCA.

Why should people vote for you?

Leadership, experience, and dedication. I have given 36 consecutive years of community service to Minoa, most of it as a volunteer. I've been in involved as a volunteer with MKAA (ESM Youth Sports), Minoa Fire Department and Ambulance, and have served 18 years on the Village Board. I feel to effectively lead a community you have to know and be involved in the community before trying to lead it.

My experience provides the necessary background and a sense of whom and what our community is all about. My understanding of the community has helped me lead this village into the 21st century with the addition of our municipal building, updated technology in all departments, and the successful pursuit of over $500,000 in grants.

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