After a brief hiatus from public office, former Skaneateles mayor and trustee Marty Hubbard is announcing his intent to run for one of the open village board seats.
Hubbard's previous board experience includes his time as a trustee, two terms beginning in 1986 and 1988. He also served as mayor for two terms, from 1991 to 1995, and most recently served two terms as trustee, from 2003 to 2007.
According to Hubbard, he's a better candidate when he enforces personal term limits and allows himself the opportunity to step out of office and "reenergize." Term limits are purely a personal belief of Hubbard's, though, as the village board does not practice limiting how long an elected official can remain in office.
"We don't have term limits. It's my own personal belief in term limits and I've practiced my beliefs," Hubbard said, adding that it's difficult to initiate term limits and make them law.
Hubbard's recent decision to run for village trustee comes on the tail of the recent town elections, which were contested and brought about much public interaction.
"I think people like to have a choice and I think they like contested elections," he said. "The community is well-served by contested races and I hope the village will generate similar interest."
The civil engineer and owner of a construction company since 1982, Hubbard said he believes he can bring a lot of practical knowledge to the board. Due to his former board experience, he is familiar with the past and present issues the board is dealing with.
Hubbard's professional experience is primarily in public works projects such as bridges and sewage treatment plants.
"It has a lot of correlation to a lot of infrastructure that the village has," he said. "I think I bring some real practical knowledge to the position."
In the coming weeks, residents can expect to find Hubbard on their doorstep wearing his campaign hat and asking for signatures. The petition date for those interested in running for one of the two open seats on the board began Tuesday Dec. 29 and those interested in petitioning for a slot on the ballot have all of January and part of February to ask for signatures.