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 trustee candidate Dick Clarke to get some insight into his views for the future of Baldwinsville. His responses are featured below:
Village Trustee Candidate
Residency: 53 years
It has been four years since a village trustee seat has been contested. In your opinion, why has their been a lull in political involvement and what has prompted the call to action?
Generally, people are so busy, they don't take time to get involved, especially if there are no burning issues. This is an exciting time of growth and change in Baldwinsville and I think people are excited to be a part of it. I don't think any driving issue created this race, just an open seat that piqued some interest.
Decreased revenues, reduction/elimination of sales tax money, an already over-burdened taxpayer base - How do you propose getting village spending in line with revenues?