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Baum seeks councilor seat on Manlius Town Board

Marc Baum is one of six candidates running for a councilor seat on the Manlius Town Board. There are three openings.

Occupation:

Award-winning retail manager for more than 20 years.

Political background:

Democrat

Served one year on Manlius Village Board. While a board member, I served as the liaison to the Greater Manlius Chamber of Commerce, the Manlius library, F-M SSS, and a member of the parking and facilities committees.

Community involvement:

Former president and current board member of the Greater Manlius Chamber of Commerce; founder and member of A Better Manlius; volunteer with the Gage Foundation in Fayetteville, WCNY, Golisano Children's Hospital and Children's Miracle Network and many other local organizations.

Why are you running for a seat on the Manlius Town Board?

I feel that the board is stuck and that the status quo -- be it in national, state, or local politics -- has to end. Average taxpayers no longer have a say. The politics of the parties have overtaken good common sense. I have watched our spending continue to grow while our taxes go up and the economy has stalled. As an average taxpayer with a home, a wife and three sons in public school, I feel that I can represent the best interests of our community. As a manager with years of real life experience working within a budget, I feel that I can help lower the tax burden for my neighbors in Manlius, while keeping a high level of local government service. It's time for real accountability from our elected officials, and I believe it starts right here in our own town.

Name at least two key issues happening within the town that concern you and please describe what you would like to do to address them, if elected.

The first is repetition of services. I believe it's time to look at shared services to reduce the tax burden on our residents. With three DPW's and a highway department, three recreation departments, four fire departments, etc., the town certainly has the opportunity to evaluate savings by sharing services. It's time to take a close look and plan what the future of Manlius is to be.

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