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 Mark Wilder to get some insight into his views for the future of Baldwinsville. His responses are featured below:
Village Trustee Candidate
Residency: My parents moved into the area just after I was born. Except for college and a short time after, basically my whole life.
Community Involvement: Currently completing my first term on the Baldwinsville Village Board of Trustees; Former Town of Van Buren Appointment to Onondaga County Resource Recovery Agency (OCRRA) Board of Directors.
It has been four years since a village trustee seat has been contested. In your opinion, why has there been a lull in political involvement and what has prompted the call to action?
With everybody's busy schedules, I think it is inevitable for some residents to lose track of local politics and it's unfortunate since a vote in our local village election means so much more than in a state or national election due to the relative size of the voting pool. Compared to simply casting a vote, it's even harder to get village residents to make a longer-term and more time-consuming commitment to serve as a representative on one of the various village boards, including the village board of trustees. I think it would be great to have more candidates each election vying for trustee seats, and particularly representatives from the local business community, since it would probably bring more ideas to the village board and the competition would likely bring out more voters. I encourage eligible voters to get out and vote on March 15. I would welcome more residents to attend village board meetings and to throw their name in the hat for upcoming elections.