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Skaneateles incumbents prepare for election

Village of Skaneateles residents will head to the polls Tuesday March 16 to vote for two trustees.

Incumbents Kathryn Carlson and Sue Jones are running for re-election and hoping to hold tight to their seats. Also running for one of the two open seats is former mayor and trustee Marty Hubbard.

The Skaneateles Press met up with the incumbents recently. Here is a Q&A with Carlson and Jones:

Meet Kathryn Carlson

* Family: Son/daughter-in-law in the town with three grandchildren, daughter/son-in-law recently moved from Alaska to Virginia with eight sled dogs and five house cats

* Occupation: retired school administrator (assistant superintendent and interim superintendent at Skaneateles Central Schools)

* Extracurriculars: Skaneateles School District representative on the Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES Board, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church Council (secretary), Todd's Fund Board, Skaneateles Community Drug/Alcohol Task Force

* How long have you lived in Skaneateles? 34 years

* How long have you been a village trustee? Two years

* Party affiliation: Unity Party (village)

QUESTION: As an incumbent trustee, why have you chosen to run again?

ANSWER: I want to complete the tasks I have begun, and to work with the mayor, other trustees and employees to keep our village running smoothly and efficiently. In the past two years I have worked with the police department and the village office personnel as their liaison, and have been instrumental in streamlining some operations and reducing expenditures. In the near future we will be replacing the clerk/treasurer and realigning tasks in the office to increase efficiency. The police department is implementing new technology and procedures to strengthen traffic and parking enforcement. I have been involved in both and want to continue to contribute.

Q: Looking back on the first time you ran for office, are your feelings about village politics stronger?

A: I am very impressed with the skills, knowledge and dedication of the mayor and my fellow trustees. I am honored to be a part of such a hard-working group. We may disagree on some issues, but we are able to listen to public input, discuss pros and cons and vote our opinions while remaining colleagues. This is politics as it should be everywhere. There are no party affiliation issues that interfere with individual conscience and judgment.

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