Three candidates. Two seats. One incumbent.
That's how the numbers have fallen in the Skaneateles Village Election today, Tuesday March 16. Bringing in the most votes, and clinching the two trustee positions, was former trustee and mayor Martin Hubbard with 223 votes and incumbent Sue Jones, who received 185.
Incumbent Kathryn Carlson brought in 164 votes and will leave office in April.
"I'm very disappointed," Carlson said around 9:30 p.m. "We were in the middle of a lot of important work and I just wish I had been able to stay to finish it."
While she won't be seated next to Jones at the village board meetings for too much longer, Carlson said she will continue to be of service to the village where she can be. At this time, it's too early to tell if she will run for office again in the future but she is not going to rule out the possibility.
"We'll see in another year or two what develops," she said, adding she was pleased with the constituents who pulled themselves away from the beautiful day to vote. "Those folks who did vote for me I am so appreciative."
Carlson isn't the only one saddened by her loss in Tuesday's election. Jones' win was "bittersweet," she said.
"I'm selfishly pleased but I can't tell you how disappointed I am for my colleague," Jones said. "I look forward to working with Marty, but I can't tell you how much I valued working with Kathryn. Winning for me is very bittersweet."
On to business at hand, Jones said one of her first priorities is the village budget.
"That is just going to be so key this year," she said and referenced the recent discussions at the county level regarding sales tax. She also wants to continue to provide services while controlling increases in taxes.