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Meet the Caz BOE candidates

Elections for the Cazenovia Central School District Board of Education will be held May 17. Voting for the positions, as well as the budget, will be held in the high school auditorium from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Four candidates are hoping to fill the three vacant positions on the seven-member board. The openings were created by current members John Weisbrod and Cindy Bell Tobey's terms of office ending and the resignation of Ed Roickle earlier in the year.

The two candidates receiving the highest votes will be appointed to the board for three-year terms, beginning July 2011 and ending June 2014. The candidate receiving the third highest vote count will be appointed to the board for the one-year remaining term of office due to Roickle's exit.

The Cazenovia League of Women Voters held a Candidate Forum the evening of May 9 in the high school library, giving residents the opportunity to meet the prospective board members and listen to their election platforms.

Leigh Baldwin

Baldwin has lived in Cazenovia for the past 25 years, residing within the district with his wife, Susan, a soccer coach at the school, and their three children. He graduated from Colgate University in 1983 with a concentration in economics.

Baldwin is the owner of a Cazenovia-based brokerage firm that employs 120 financial advisors throughout Central New York, New Jersey and Northeast Pennsylvania. He is a minority owner of the Syracuse Crunch hockey team and is a member of the board for the Syracuse Opera.

Baldwin's financial background may prove useful as the Cazenovia Board of Education looks ahead to another difficult year, with potential property tax caps and further cuts in state funding.

Cindy Bell Tobey

Tobey is a current board member looking to be re-elected for another term. A Central New York native, she grew up nearby in Baldwinsville. She and her husband, Jim Tobey, have been Cazenovia residents since 1996 and have two daughters who are current students within the district.

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