Jim Scaramuzzino, left, Derek Shepard, center, and Bob Warner are candidates for the 13th District Seat in the Onondaga County Legislature.
Baldwinsville Residents of the 13th District of Onondaga County will have three candidates to choose from when selecting their county legislator. Jim Scaramuzzino is running on the Democratic and Working Families tickets, Derek Shepard is running on the Republican and Independent tickets and Bob Warner, the incumbent, is running on the Conservative ticket.
The Baldwinsville Messenger recently interviewed the candidates to get an idea of what each candidate represents. Their answers are featured below (in alphabetical order, by last name):
What makes you qualified to serve as county legislator?
I am a hard working middle class family man who will represent the district and the residents of the 13th Legislative district.
Why should residents vote for you?
I have 11 years of experience in government and was a supervisor for the department of Public Works that had a multi-million dollar budget which gave me the knowledge and ability to asses and evaluate budgets. I can use my experience in government and management in the private sector to control cost, taking on the budget line by line and eliminating unnecessary costs.
In your opinion, what is the number one issue facing county residents? Van Buren/Camillus residents? How would you help to resolve the issue(s)?
I believe that a good solution for the Sheriff’s department regarding the helicopter would be to sell the helicopter that they currently have and purchase a smaller, newer, more economical version. We need someone who has forward thinking and economical ideas like a hard working middle class family man. I have been a resident of Van Buren for 11 years now and have seen my taxes increase consistently for the past five years. My reason for getting involved in the race for 13th Legislative District is because I am tired of watching politicians manipulate my neighbors into thinking they are doing a good job.