Four candidates vie for two Lysander seats

— Lysander residents will have four candidates to choose from when selecting two individuals for councilor representation on the town board. Norman Ashbarry and Robert Ellis are running on the Republican and Independence lines, Andrew Reeves is running on the Democratic and Independence lines and Melinda Shimer is running on the Democratic line. There are no incumbents running in the election; Jack Krisanda and Ed Reed, the two who currently hold the open seats, are not running for re-election.

The Baldwinsville Messenger recently interviewed the candidates to get an idea of what each candidate represents. Their answers are featured below in alphabetical order:

Norman Ashbarry

Republican Party

Community involvement: Lysander Republican Committee, Annual Ride For Missing Children (bicycle ride fundraiser), Annual Earth Day Volunteer, Onondaga Cycling Club

How do you plan to ease the financial strain on Lysander residents?

By treating the fiscal needs and expenditures of the Town as I treat my own financial dealings.

What is the primary issue facing Lysander? How do you intend to resolve the issue?

To keep taxes as low as possible while providing necessary services to town residents.

I will encourage residential and commercial growth by working with the other board members to create incentives for building and business.

What goals do you hope to accomplish should you be elected?

To work with the other members of the town board in order to keep the town growing, keep taxes low and give residents the feeling that their town board is working with and for them.

Why should voters elect you?

As a member of the New York State Police for 32 years I have shown that I can deal with the problems of others in a calm, methodical and pragmatic way in order to obtain the best result. I will be hard working, independent, straight talking and honest in all my dealings with town residents.

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