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Baum takes Manlius by three votes

Pulling off an upset with a write-in campaign, former village trustee Marc Baum has now won the Manlius post by a margin of three votes, 38-35 over Paul Lane, who had been appointed to the vacant post in January.

Baum said he decided to be a write-in candidate a couple of weeks ago.

"In working on the budget for the last year, and seeing the different budget cuts and loss of state aid, I felt I wanted to be more involved," Baum said. "After all, it's our money."

With "only one candidate on the ballot whom I didn't know much about, I thought I'd give the voters a choice," Baum said.

Baum plans to continue as president of the Greater Manlius Chamber of Commerce as well.

"I went back and forth and I don't think there is a conflict," he said. "It is a volunteer position and I don't think the board typically deals with legislation specific to the chamber."

Looking ahead, Baum said there are many opportunities available to the village.

"There are a lot of ways to work together with municipalities and the chamber to make the village an even better place to live. There are a lot of empty spaces in the village for new business."

Other election results:

In Village of East Syracuse elections, incumbent trustees Barbara Falcone Quonce and James Carr held onto their posts. Carr received 232 votes and Quonce received 201. Challenger Robert Murphy received 152 votes and Howard Evans 115.

In the village of Fayetteville, incumbents Mike Small and Chris Randall ran unopposed and received 88 and 72 votes respectively.

In Minoa, Eric Christensen defeated Charles Mullane 286-152 to win the seat that was vacated by former trustee Ed Theobald. Christensen will finish the two-year term, which Theobald left when elected Manlius Town Supervisor last November. Also in Minoa, incumbent trustees William Brazill and John Champagne and Justice Janet Stanley ran unopposed. Brazill received 371 votes, Champagne 357 and Stanley 401.

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