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Six vie for three spots on DeWitt Town Board

— Two incumbents are seeking re-election to councilor positions on the DeWitt Town Board, with four candidates challenging. The top three vote-getters will fill three spots on the board. Election day is Tuesday, Nov. 8. To view polling places for the town of DeWitt, go to ongov.net.

The town supervisor position is also contested, with Art Diamond challenging incumbent Ed Michalenko.

As is the position of town of DeWitt Highway Superintendent.

Ken Andrews (incumbent) has been on the DeWitt Town Board for 18 years. He has served as chairman of police commission for 10 years and has been on the budget committee for 17 years. He has served as president of the Association of Towns and still serves on the board of governors for the New York Municipal Insurance Reciprocal. Andrews is a DeWitt business owner and employees more than 25 people. He has an MBA from Syracuse University.

Endorsements:

Republican, Conservative, Independence and Veteran’s parties, DeWitt PBA

Why are you running for DeWitt town board?

I am running for the board because I enjoy serving the community and I believe I have had a positive impact on DeWitt and I would like to continue to serve.

What is your public service mission?

My mission is to help evaluate the needs of the community and balance those needs against the cost to the taxpayer to provide those services. Bottom line is the board is responsible for spending the taxpayers’ money — the goal is spend it wisely and don’t waste it.

What do you believe to be your constituency’s most pressing issue or challenge?

The most pressing issue now has been and will continue to be in the future property taxes.

What is your leadership philosophy?

My leadership philosophy is simple: be honest in all my dealing; be respectful of the taxpayers, employees and other members of the board; be dedicated to the position; and do the best job I can for the taxpayers of DeWitt.

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