Village trustee elections are next Tuesday, March 20, from noon to 9 p.m. at the Skaneateles Fire Hall. And we encourage everyone to get out and vote. Every election is important, and this one no less so than any other.
Three candidates are running for two seats on the village board: current incumbents Sue Jones and John Cromp, and challenger Jim Lanning.
Jones has been on the board for 10 years, and is a knowledgeable, passionate and dedicated public servant. She typically listens more than she talks at village board meetings, but when she speaks it is because she has a specific question to ask or point to make. Her pride in and caring for the village and its residents is obvious.
Cromp has been a trustee for one year, appointed to the board after Marty Hubbard vacated his seat as trustee to become mayor. Cromp has earned a reputation as one of the hardest working members of the board and was universally lauded for the excellent and fair work he did as co-chair of the committee to rewrite the parking trust fund law.
Lanning, who has never held elective office, has been a constant presence at village (and town) board meetings, learning the issues and the personalities that trustees deal with in their positions. He often engages the board during public hearings, participates in community events and has a genuine interest in keeping our village the gem that it is.
We believe, after watching these candidates during the past year and learning their positions on the local issues, that all three can and will be excellent trustees, and will serve the village well if elected. Such a high caliber of candidates for this election is just another indication of the quality of our village and its residents, and no matter who wins this election, our village will be well served.