Van Buren: Support Shepard in primary

— I would like to tell the voters of the 13th Legislative District about the accomplishments of Derek Shepard, the endorsed Republican candidate for County Legislature.

Derek has a B.A. from Syracuse University where he is currently a law student with a near perfect GPA. Derek was employed by Park Rose Estates as the executive director before leaving to pursue his law degree. While Derek was director of this assisted living facility in Onondaga County, he oversaw a

multi-million dollar budget. Under his leadership, Park Rose grew and flourished. It also gave him the ability to understand private industry and work with budgets in a for-profit environment.

Derek is a Van Buren town councilor and has brought his knowledge of trimming budgets to the town. Derek doesn't just talk about lowering taxes. In his role as town councilor, as well as a fellow property owner and taxpayer, he did just that in 2011 when Van Buren residents saw their taxes decrease by seven percent. This was in the same year the town taxpayers had to learn to live with a new sales tax distribution that gave millions of dollars in sales tax money spent by those in Camillus, Elbridge and Van Buren to the city of Syracuse.

Derek understands our issues as property owners, residents and constituents. Please join me in giving Derek a chance to represent the 13th Legislative District and vote for him on Sept. 13.

Lynn Precourt is a resident of Baldwinsville.

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