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Shepard has what it takes

— On Nov. 8, residents in the Town of Van Buren, Elbridge and part of Camillus will have an opportunity to make a change in the County Legislature by going to the polls and voting for Derek Shepard.

In May, after interviewing the four candidates who applied for the position of legislator representing the 13th District and taking into consideration the opinions of the people in their respective districts, Republican Committee members from the towns of Van Buren, Elbridge and part of Camillus gathered at the County Convention to select a candidate. Bob Warner withdrew from the process just prior to the Convention, indicating he did not have Committee support. The vote was overwhelmingly for Derek Shepard.

Bob then decided to change course and let the Republican voters decide who should be the Republican candidate for Legislator in their 13th District. A primary was held and the Republican voters reaffirmed the decision of the Republican Committee and also overwhelmingly selected Derek Shepard as their candidate.

Derek Shepard has what it takes for a positive change in leadership. As a town councilor for Van Buren, he has a proven record of being a fiscal conservative. He worked to decrease town taxes over the past three years, a total decrease of 7 percent in 2011 alone. Since his election to the board, Derek, along with the other councilors and supervisor, has never taken a pay increase. He worked to implement a shared dog control officer with the Town of Camillus and a shared assessor with Town of Lysander. Both saved town tax payers money. He worked to reduce costs by merging the tax receiver and town clerk’s offices, and worked to replace outside engineering services with an in-house engineer at an estimated saving of over $200,000 a year.

On Nov. 8, I encourage all voters to vote for Derek Shepard as our next county legislator representing the 13th District. He will make a difference.

Darlene Van Der Water is the chair of the Town of Van Buren Republican Committee.

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