To the editor:
Years ago Martha Parkinson, a friend of my parents, marched in New York City with the suffragettes. Martha believed we should take every opportunity to vote and I agree. I have heard Skaneateles residents say that because the town board elections are uncontested they’re not going to bother to vote. However, there are two very important contested positions that voters should pay attention to.
Tim Lynn and Kathy Dell are running for the position of town justice. If you’ve ever had a traffic ticket that you thought was unfair, been involved in an eviction proceeding, had a contract dispute or a high-schooler get caught doing some mischief, you know that the person who sits as town justice is critically important and affects the well-being of everyone.
The other contested race is for the county legislature. The people running for this position are Toby Shelley and Mike Plochoki. Our current county legislator voted to give Skaneateles’s sales tax to the county. This has adversely affected both the town and the village and has led to layoffs and higher taxes. This election particularly deserves a strong voter turnout.
Please don’t dismiss this election. Read about the candidates, make you choice and take advantage of your right to vote on Nov. 8.