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Meet the Caz Village Board candidates

The polls for village elections will be open from noon to 9 p.m. June 15 at the American Legion on Chenango St., Cazenovia. With two challengers and one incumbent running for two open seats, who are you voting for?

Dave Porter (D, Strong Community Party-Challenger)

Porter has no previous political experience. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in studio fine arts from SUNY Albany, a Bachelor of Engineering degree in mechanical engineering from SUNY Stony Brook, and a Masters in Environmental Engineering from Syracuse University. Porter served as Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy onboard the USS White Plains. He is a licensed professional engineer in New York; Certified Energy Manager and LEED Accredited Professional for building design and construction. He has worked in the area of engineering consulting for the last 25 years designing and evaluating building mechanical systems and performing building energy audits and engineering evaluations.

What is your public service mission?

As village trustee I hope to provide an engineering perspective to the building and infrastructure challenges that face the village. I also hope to support local programs that support sustainable design and energy conservation.

What do you believe to be your constituency's most pressing issue or challenge?

Encouraging and managing development in the village in a way that allows businesses to be successful while preserving the historic character of the Village.

What is your leadership philosophy?

I believe that in municipal government, the local leadership must make an effort to listen to all opinions, to make the government process accessible and transparent to encourage participation by the citizenry.

Kaleb Wilson (D, Independent-Challenger)

Experience:

"I received a Bachelor of Science degree in 2007 from Cazenovia College with a concentration in History and Government. Currently, I am seeking my Master of Arts in Public Policy degree from New England College and anticipate completing that by the end of summer. I served 4 years on the Cazenovia College Student Government Association, including one year as Student Body President. In 2006, I interned with Senator Dave Valesky's re-election campaign, heading up the Cazenovia effort. I currently serve on the Cazenovia College Alumni Board of Directors and am chair of the annual Cazenovia College Open golf tournament."

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