Mary Sennett and Kenneth Scott have officially tossed their hats into the political ring.
On Wednesday July 29, the Skaneateles Democratic Committee held its caucus at the Skaneateles Community Center to choose candidates for the November elections. The committee took nominations for the two open board seats and unanimously chose Scott and Sennett as its representatives for Skaneateles Town Board.
The committee has yet to find candidates for the positions of supervisor, highway superintendent and town clerk, and they are open to suggestions.
With the official nod from the Democrats, the candidates are excited to get out in the community and begin meeting more of their would-be constituents. Before they can go to the polls on Nov. 3, both candidates recognize the need to get out in the community, pounding the pavement and meeting residents they might not come in contact with on a daily basis.
"We recognize we need to get out and visit a lot of people," Scott said. "Mary has helped me meet people in the village. ... We're going to meet a lot of people."
According to Scott, after being involved with the Shepard Settlement Neighborhood Association as a member and now president, he felt it was time to give back a little of his time to the town.
"I felt the need to represent the north end of the town," he said, adding no one on the current town board is from the town's northern end.
With 38 years of experience in banking, Scott also felt he could use his talents in that respect at a board level. He's also a sitting member on the town's Comprehensive Plan Update Committee.
"I'm glad to serve on that board also," he said.
As a candidate, Scott said the board should understand the needs of the town. There's a concern for the "graying" community and part of being a public official is to serve the needs of the community.