Two vie for Lysander seat: Fred Burtch

Republican primary set for Sept. 13

— The Town of Lysander Supervisor seat is open for election this year. Two candidates, incumbent Barry Bullis and opponent Fred Burtch, are competing for the Republican nomination in the Sept. 13 primary.

The Baldwinsville Messenger recently interviewed both men to get a better understanding of each candidate’s qualifications and viewpoints. The following are responses from Burtch:

Fred Burtch

Address: 8865 Plainville Road, Lysander

Education: High School Diploma - C.W. Baker High School, Baldwinsville

AS - Business Administration, SUNY at OCC

BS - Marketing, SUNY at Oswego

Graduate School – Economics, SUNY at Oswego

National Association of Security Dealers (NASD), Certified Agent

Work Experience: Baldwinsville Lawn & Snow, Independent Owner/Operator (2001-2011)

Alternative Energy Solutions, Independent Owner/Installer (2008-2011)

Burtch Farms, Manager/Operator (1995-2000)

Chappell’s Department Store, Store Manager (1991-1995)

Political Experience: This heading presumes that any and all political experience is a good thing, which it’s not. I’m proud to say that while I’ve been a registered Republican since I reached voting age, I have no political attachments that would prevent me from representing the best interests of all people in our town. In the case of Mr. Bullis, 35 years of political experience with the Lysander Republican Committee comes with a lot of baggage, including favors for political friends and fellow committee members.

Community Involvement: I’m very involved in my community by serving those who need it most. In the case of my opponent, involvement means sitting in meetings of various boards and committees. In my case, it means proactively helping the elderly and impoverished of my community by delivering free fruit, vegetables and eggs from my farm and by providing free lawn care, tree services and snow plowing services to those who can’t afford it.

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