Skaneateles village elections uncontested

The mayor and two village trustees who are up for re-election this March will all run unopposed.

Mayor Marty Hubbard and trustees Mary Sennett and Marc Angelillo will all appear on the ballot for re-election on March 19, with no other candidates listed. The candidates will all run under the village’s Citizens Party line.

No other applicants submitted petitions to get on the ballot by the Feb. 12 deadline, said Village Clerk Patty Couch. Candidates needed to get 50 signatures from registered voters who live in the village on a petition to appear on the ballot and Hubbard, Sennett and Angelillo were the only residents to do this.

Despite the lack of contested races, Couch encourages people to vote, “We still encourage everyone to get out and vote, it’s your civic duty,” she said.

The candidates will be the first elected officials in the village to serve four-year terms. Local law 1 of 2012, passed by the village last year to cut costs on elections, states that trustees and the mayor will serve for four years (instead of two) and elections will be held every-other year.

The trustee seats held by Sue Jones and Jim Lanning, who were elected last year, will be up for election in 2015, as per the new law.

Recent history has shown that few people turn out and vote in village elections when there are no contested seats. In the 2009 election, the mayor and two trustees also ran for re-election unopposed and only 65 people voted. In the 2006 election, 95 people submitted ballots for two uncontested seats.

Conversely, some contested races in the past have seen great participation from voters. In the 2005 village election Robert Green and Marc Angelillo both ran for mayor and 1,078 people voted.

Any village residents not registered to vote have until March 8 to register with the Onondaga Board of Elections. The village polling places are the Skaneateles Fire Hall at 77 W. Genesee St. and the Skaneateles YMCA at 97 State St. For information about polling places and voter registration visit the county board of elections website at ongov.net/elections.

Joe Genco is the editor of the Skaneateles Press. He can be reached at editor@skaneatelespress.com.

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