Elections: Sennett, Scott seek Skaneateles seats

"I don't know as though there's been enough dialogue," he said, adding that increased discourse needs to happen.

One of his top priorities if elected to the town council will be to listen to the needs of the community and act judiciously.

While Scott is new to politics in Skaneateles, the same can't be said for his running mate. Sennett decided four years ago to try her hand at running for a board seat only to not get the backing of the community -- but that hasn't stopped her from getting involved.

"I ran because I wanted to be involved," she said. "Shortly thereafter a position opened up on the zoning board of appeals."

That open position allowed her the chance to get more involved with the community she was living in, so Sennett went through the interview process and landed the seat and now serves as its vice chair.

"I learned a lot about the diversity in Skaneateles," she said. "When this election rolled around, I said, 'OK, I'm going to try.'"

After receiving the nomination, Sennett spoke to fellow Democrats gathered at the community center. Though she was sorry there weren't more people at the caucus, Sennett said she was proud to be there.

As a town councilor, she said her top priorities included continuing making the lake a top priority for the town, working to gain financial transparency so the budget process is easier for residents to understand and finally to represent all of Skaneateles.

"If someone came to the town board, I would listen to them," she said. "I am very interested in serving the public interest."

Sennett, an elementary math teacher at Onondga Nation School is also the owner and founder of a PC software company and a former IBM computer sales representative.

Aside from getting the endorsement of the Democratic Party, Sennett and Scott have both received endorsements from the Veterans Party.

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