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Skaneatekes: Datz joins town election race

The Skaneateles Democratic Committee is gearing up for election season with a full slate of candidates.

Following the committee's caucus in July to nominate town board candidates Mary Sennett and Ken Scott, the committee met again Sept. 15 to caucus a second time. This time around, they nominated Steve Datz as their candidate for town supervisor.

"I'm glad I did," Datz said of accepting the nomination. "I've always been interested in political science."

As he sat in his office at Steve Datz Customized Contracting on East Genesee Street Monday Sept. 21, the supervisor candidate spoke about issues facing the town and his hands-on approach to handling them.

"I think I entered it [the race] under a sense of social responsibility," Datz said, adding he joined the race with some trepidation.

In dealing with that trepidation, he took time to speak to past supervisors about the job, what it entails and what will be expected of him if he brings home a win for the Democrats on Nov. 3.

As a community member, Datz wants to be able to help people and to know what they need from their town board, complete with personal contact from its constituents.

"I'm there. This town is small enough you can call me," he said about open communication between himself, the town board and town residents.

Datz moved to Skaneateles with his family when he was 4 years old and, following college, left the area until moving back after his 25-year high school reunion, he said. A artist by trade and business owner by profession, he said his passion is sculpture -- and perhaps he is not the most qualified for the supervisor position, he said. But, he's had to get through hard times and rough patches, pull up his bootstraps and keep going in order to be successful, much like the community he and his wife and fellow artist, Rachel Harms, are living in and raising Lily, their 9-year-old daughter.

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