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 Mike Shepard to get some insight into his views for the future of Baldwinsville. His responses are featured below:
Village Trustee Candidate
Residency: I grew up on Syracuse Street and lived in village the majority of my life. I left the area for another suburb for a while but my heart never left Baldwinsville. Once my oldest child completed high school, it was our goal to come back so my youngest could have the benefit of attending school in Baldwinsville. I am so proud and happy to have grown up here. I wanted the same for my children so when the time was right, we came back home. My family and I currently live in Baldwin Hill.
Community involvement: For the last 12 years, my community involvement has been based mostly in coaching youth sports and child development. I spent six years as an executive board member and as scholastic coordinator in the Pop Warner Football organization.