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Two vie for Lysander Town Clerk position - Giselle Jellett

Giselle Jellett is one of two contestants running for the position of Lysander town clerk in this November's election. She served eight years as the deputy town clerk for the former Town Clerk. The Baldwinsville Messenger recently interviewed Jellett to learn more about her and her qualifications.

Address: 8088 Dog Harbor Road, Plainville

Age: 42

Political Affiliation: Registered Republican, endorsed by Conservative Party

Political Experience: None

Community Involvement: Being the Lysander Deputy Town Clerk for eight years has been a community involvement in itself. I am also involved with The Plainville Church and PEACE Senior Luncheon.

Professional Experience: Lysander Deputy Town Clerk, New York State Registered Municipal Clerk, U.S. Dept. of State Passport Acceptance Agent, New York State Notary Public, Executive Secretary. I also have an associate's degree in business.

Family: I am married with four children, two grandchildren, two dogs, and the cat.

Why are you running?

The primary reason that I am running for this office is that I need the job. I worked as deputy town clerk for eight years, often running the office by myself in the absence of the previous town clerk. I loved my job. The interaction with the residents left me with a sense of accomplishment every day.

Why should voters elect you?

I know the job. There are a multitude of responsibilities in the town clerk's office. Every year I went to the New York State Town Clerks Association Annual Conference for updated training on all of the various functions of the office. The town of Lysander has already spent the money to train me.

How would you improve services offered to Lysander residents?

The services and functions of the office have been severely disrupted over the past year or so. The town missed out on thousands of dollars of revenue this year due to their inability to issue hunting and fishing licenses. We may never be able to recover the confidence of those affected. My short-term goal is to get the office up and running to the level of performance we used to maintain.

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