Village election candidates set, competitive race for trustee seats

— She was first elected to the village board in June 2009 and reelected in 2011. She currently serves as deputy mayor and police commissioner.

✓Frederick “Fritz” Koennecke grew up in Cazenovia and currently lives on Audubon Drive. He attended the US Air Force Academy and during his military career served in numerous positions including Pentagon acquisition officer and flying squadron commander, and he served in several combat operations including Desert Storm, Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom. Koennecke retired from the Air Force in 2005 as a lieutenant colonel and returned to Cazenovia with his wife Elizabeth and kids Fritz and Hannah.

He is currently director of the Advanced Development Northeast Technology Center for Saab Sensis and is ending his second term as a member of the Cazenovia Board of Education, on which he currently serves as president.

✓Kurt Wheeler has lived in the village of Cazenovia since moving back home in 1996. He grew up in New Woodstock, spent 11 years away to attend college, served in the Marine Corps, worked in Washington, DC and attended graduate school.

Elected mayor in 2011, he began his service as a trustee in 2005 and was an appointed member of the Cazenovia Advisory Conservation Commission from 1997 to 2005. He has been a commissioned officer in the Marine Corps since 1989 and is currently a history teacher and coach at Cazenovia High School. Kurt is active with Project CAFE, a non-profit corporation serving the youth and families of the Cazenovia area.

Jason Emerson is editor of the Cazenovia Republican. He can be reached at editor@cazenoviarepublican.com.

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