Today is Election Day and long-time elected officials Tom Miller and Danny Leidka are out, making way for a new Fayetteville village justice and East Syracuse mayor. And in perhaps one of the most controversial local elections in recent history, Paul Whorrall and his Citizen’s Party team are taking on Manlius mayor Mark-Paul Serafin and his Vision Party candidates for their shot at new leadership in the village of Manlius. The only question is… who are you voting for?
For this Election Day story, the Eagle Bulletin asked each candidate the same three questions: Why do you believe you are the best person for the position you are running for? What are your goals for the village if elected? What is one thing people would be surprised to learn about you? These are their unedited answers.
Robert Tackman: I believe I am the best person for the mayor position because I am a new face to village office. I will be bringing new ideas and I’m not afraid to make the hard decisions that will be needed during this upcoming budget period. I have a very strong passion to see our Village get through this financial hardship and start to prosper again.
Some of my goals are the following: to balance the budget with the smallest impact possible to our tax payers. To work on business development for the village by bringing more business to the area. And finally, to create an open communication between the village offices and the residents. I want everyone to know that they’re suggestions and concerns will be heard and acted upon.
I have a fraternal twin brother.
Liz Landry: I am a dedicated person and take my responsibilities seriously. Working with people has given me an insight to what their needs are and I will keep their concerns in mind when making any decision. I am a team player.