It has been four years since any political seat in the village of Baldwinsville has been contested - this year there are four candidates vying for three trustee seats and two candidates vying for one justice seat.
Incumbents Mark Wilder and Dick Clarke, as well as former village Trustee Rick Presley, who retired from the position in 2009, are on the ballot, in addition to new comer Mike Shepard. Trustee Carrie Weaver will not seek a third term.
Village Justice Elijah Huling Jr. is being contested by justice candidate John Murphy, Jr.
The mayor's seat is also on the ballot, but incumbent Joseph Saraceni is not being contested.
This year, candidates for trustees' seats and the mayor's seat will run for three-year terms, while village justice candidates will run for four years.
The election will be held Tuesday March 15 and polls will be open from noon to 9 p.m. at Village Hall, 16 West Genesee St. in Baldwinsville.
The Messenger recently caught up with Mayor Joseph Saraceni to get some insight into his views for the future of Baldwinsville. His responses are featured below:
Mayoral Candidate, running unopposed
Residency: Aside from three years living in Washington, DC - 37 years
Community Involvement: Baldwinsville is an extremely active community with a number of non-profit organizations and community events. I enjoyed helping to plan and promote a number of events including the spring and fall carp tournaments, The B'ville Big Chill, Blessing of the Fleet and the Children's Fishing Derby in Mercer Park. I have served as Chair of the Baldwinsville Oktoberfest Committee for the past three years. I am a member of the Onondaga County Mayors Association and represent the Association on the Onondaga County Sustainable Development Plan Steering Committee.
What does the village mean to you?
Baldwinsville means many things to me. It's the place where I grew up and learned many of life's lessons. Throughout my formative years I was surrounded by people who took the time to teach me the value of living in a village. Baldwinsville provided a safe environment and fostered a strong sense of community that I appreciate even more now as I am raising my own family. I appreciate Baldwinsville's rich history, as well as the unique role that I believe unique places like Baldwinsville will play in helping to revitalize the Central New York community. As mayor, I have had the opportunity to see how small local governments can serve as a mechanism for local residents to collectively have a positive impact on the communities in which they live.