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Skaneateles BOE Candidates: Thomas Lambdin

On Tuesday May 18, residents in the Skaneateles Central School District will head to Waterman Elementary to cast their vote for two Board of Education members.

With two seats open, this year's race includes three residents seeking votes -- incumbent D. Keith Krieger, Peter J. Nicholson and Thomas E. Lambdin. The Skaneateles Press recently caught up with each of the candidates to learn more about them, their background and what's driving them to seek public office.

Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. May 18 in the Waterman School Auditorium. Residents will be asked to vote for two Board of Education members, vote yes or no on the district's 2010-11 basic operating budget of $28,765,843 (Proposition I) and for the authorization to purchase two school buses not to exceed $210,000 (Proposition II). Local cost of the bus purchase after aid is an estimated $115,500.

Name: Thomas E. Lambdin

Family: Wife Claudia, daughters Allison, 13, and Mary, 11 (grades 7 and 5)

Profession: Software chief engineer, GE Inspection Technologies

Education: M.S. Computer Science, Union College, 1985. B.A. with Honors, Hamilton College, 1983. Salutatorian, Broadalbin High School, 1979.

QUESTION: How long have you lived in the Skaneateles Central School District?

ANSWER: We purchased our home in Sennett in 2002 before Allison entered kindergarten.

Q: Why are you running for Board of Education?

A: I'm running for school board because the fiscal situation in Albany worries me as it ripples into Skaneateles. In the 1970s during a tough economy, Albany pushed smaller districts to consolidate, and a merger would absolutely kill Skaneateles. I began attending school board meetings last September to stay informed. As of January, my second term on the board of Skaneateles Presbyterian Church was ending, and people here stay involved in the community. After speaking with district officials to understand qualifications and time required for board service, I decided to circulate my petition to run. My mother served for 10 years in Broadalbin schools, near Saratoga, so I'd be a second-generation volunteer if elected. No one in my family is on a school payroll anywhere, meaning I can be totally objective for taxpayers.

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