Skaneateles Republican Caucus ends with no nod

Skaneateles Village Board hopeful Marty Hubbard walked into the Skaneateles Community Center's party room Wednesday evening hoping residents would become involved in the democratic process.

Hubbard, a member of the village's Republican committee, was holding a caucus in order to run on the national line as well as the independent line in the village's March 16 elections. However, much to his frustration, Hubbard was only joined by three other Skaneateles residents, one of which was not a village republican.

No nomination or second was given in Hubbard's favor, despite there being two residents who could have held the vote. The decision not to vote was made by Hubbard, since there was so little participation.

While he was not nominated to run on the Republican line, he will still be able to run as an independent as the Community Party.

Since announcing his intent to run, Hubbard's goal has been to get others involved in the process and develop an interest in village politics. Wednesday's lack of community involvement made it clear to the former trustee and mayor that there isn't interest in village elections, he said.

"Nobody's talking about these elections," Hubbard said. "That's not healthy for the government."

According to fellow Republican Bill Eberhardt, the Republican Party was "thrilled" with the interest in the town's elections last fall. On the village end, though, everything has remained fairly quiet.

Anyone interested in running for one of two village trustee positions open for election is allowed to circulate a petition. Petitions are available at Village Hall, 46 E. Genesee St., and are to be turned in between Feb. 2 and 9, said village Deputy Clerk Patty Couch.

Elections will take place from noon to 9 p.m. Tuesday March 26 at the new firehouse, 77 W. Genesee St.

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