Van Buren: Mayor supports Shepard

— As mayor of the village of Baldwinsville, I have never endorsed a candidate outside of village elections. However, in the race for the 13th district seat for the Onondaga County Legislature, I feel compelled to encourage those residents living in towns of Van Buren, Camillus and Elbridge to vote for Derek Shepard.

Mr. Shepard is in a unique position to represent his district. He has seen firsthand the consequences of poor decisions made at the county level. He has witnessed the impact on his constituents following the county’s reallocation of millions of dollars in sales tax revenues, a decision supported by the current 20-year incumbent. In conversing with Mr. Shepard, I am convinced residents in the 13th District will have a partner on the legislature willing to do the research necessary to be an informed representative willing to cast votes without political motivation.

During his time on the Van Buren Board, Mr. Shepard has proven to be fiscally conservative, logical in his approach to issues and able to make difficult decisions. I am confident he will bring a fresh perspective to the issues that face us today. I urge you to support Derek Shepard Sept. 13.

Joe Saraceni is the Baldwinsville Mayor.

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