Camillus Helen Kiggins Walsh is no typical candidate for village trustee.
A year ago, she campaigned for the dissolution of the village of Camillus. Now she’s running uncontested for a seat on the village board of trustees, a one-year term. She and her husband, Michael Walsh, have lived in the village of Camillus since 2004.
She’s also the Onondaga County Republican Elections Commissioner; according to state law, elections commissioners can legally run for village office. She is running on the Camillus Party line and not the GOP, in an effort to stay non-partisan.
The Eagle Observer asked her why she wants to become more involved in local government and if she still feels the village should be dissolved.
Why are you running for Camillus Village Trustee?
“I have attended almost every board meeting for the last year and a half. A lot of effort is needed to run any government. We need to find a way to keep the village solvent without raising taxes too much. It is easy to complain about what things are not getting done. I am willing to try to be part of the solution.”
What are the biggest issues facing the village, and how will you address them?
“Since we will be a village for at least several more years, we need to be responsible fiscally to the residents of the village. The two big issues facing the village are road repair and trash. Only one road has had any major work done to it in the last few years and that was just this month. The other big issue is trash. We currently pick up trash for restaurants, apartment buildings and other entities. In some cases the cost to the village to pick up this trash exceeds the moneys collected in property taxes. The village has been working toward a solution and hopes to have a trash policy in place by the end of the year.”