Manlius District 10 residents have re-elected Kevin Holmquist, the incumbent, for his fourth term. Holmquist won the contested election over challenger Gwyn Mannion with a vote of 3,041 to 2,495, a margin of 546 votes.
Holmquist received the backing of the County Veterans’ Party in both this election and his previous run for County Legislature. He was also endorsed by the Republican, Conservative and Independence parties.
From the start, Holmquist said his team was focused on staying “100 percent positive” throughout the entire campaign. “I think the town of Manlius responded to that,” Holmquist said.
Tonight’s turnout came across as another clear message to Holmquist: “I’m very excited and very grateful to the people and the town of Manlius. I think tonight they said they wanted an independent voice ― and I can be that voice.”
After all 31 election districts were reported for District 10, Holmquist said he already began thinking of the days ahead. After any election, Holmquist said he likes to visit with the three village boards to discuss what needs to be done. “The election is over and it’s time to work together, like we always do. There is a lot on the agenda.”
Among the issues the county is currently battling, Holmquist says the budget is at the top of the list. He wants to see shared services and consolidation possibilities reviewed to help lighten the county’s tax burden. “The state is making it difficult on us,” Holmquist said. “We need to accomplish our goals ― reduce the tax burden and make things more efficient [in the county]. There are many areas we can do that in.”