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Caz: Democrats win both village trustee spots

In Cazenovia, candidates Peggy Van Arnam and Amy Mann were elected into the two open village trustee spots on election day, June 16.

Mann won a total 334 votes and Van Arnam 341. Blue Party candidate Kevin Velasco received 194 votes cast in his favor.

Village Mayor Thomas Dougherty was reelected to his position with 342 votes. He was running unopposed. (CORRECTION: Our initial figure of 321 votes left out 21 absentee ballot votes.)

Both mayor and trustee positions serve two year terms.

From Mann's and Van Arnam's letters of candidacy:

Amy Mann:

I am pleased to announce my candidacy for Village Trustee, both as a Democrat and as an Independent candidate running on the Community Party line.

Cazenovia has been my home for over 30 years. I am a 1985 graduate of the high school. After attending college and beginning my career in Chicago, I returned 12 years ago with my husband Kevin to raise our children in this community.

With two current members completing their service this spring, the Village will have openings on its Board of Trustees. I have been asked to consider serving my community during a particularly active time in local government and am honored to do so. I can think of absolutely no better use of my time and energy than to funnel it directly into the community in which I live.

Since my return, I have been engaged in a number of volunteer boards, organizations, and projects and have had the privilege to work alongside a wide variety of my neighbors. I have also spent time in many corners of this town -- in its classrooms, at its playing fields, in its shops and restaurants, and of course among its spectacular natural resources. What I have witnessed is that despite the enormous diversity in our residents and their stories, there is one thing in common among the people who have chosen to call Cazenovia home. Everyone cares deeply. Everyone knows we have something special here and everyone wants more than anything for it to remain healthy and vibrant for generations to come.

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