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Babikian to run for councilor seat on DeWitt Town Board

Democrat David Babikian is one of six running for a councilor seat on the DeWitt Town Board. There are three vacant spots. Election Day is Tuesday Nov. 3.

Occupation:

High school Social Studies teacher

Political background:

Volunteered in various campaigns for several candidates. The American political system is one in which we all need to be involved to ensure the system functions to its fullest potential.

Community involvement:

Helped to mobilize citizens against the coal gasification plant that threatened our community. Coached in various youth athletic teams.

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

I truly believe DeWitt is the greatest area in Central New York. The town needs to continue to focus on constraining the budget, improving its park spaces and continuing to balance the planning of our town with a careful eye toward commercial and residential coexistence.

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.

Preserving neighborhoods from sprawl and traffic. Addressing the needs of our town parks to ensure they meet residents' standards. As a member of the town board, I will have constant input with our development and operations office to insist our neighborhoods are protected from commercial encroachment.

Name at least two key issues happening within the town that you believe affect town residents -- positive or negative. What changes would you make, if any?

Not raising real estate taxes so people are able to afford the wonderful lifestyle DeWitt offers. I will work tirelessly to find and eliminate wasteful spending. Promoting DeWitt to encourage business development and job growth.

Why should DeWitt residents vote for you?

As a young family man with two small children I have a vested interest in the health, safety and environment of our town. I am technologically astute and will work diligently to help our Town meet the demands of the 21st century. I commit to keeping our tax rate as low as possible while developing our park/green infrastructure into the best in the state of New York.

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