This year is an important one for anyone concerned with local government and looking to make a choice that they feel will benefit the community. On Nov. 5 the residents of Skaneateles and Spafford will elect new town officers.
Both towns have some intrigue in the races. In Skaneateles, a new town supervisor will be picked this year. The Republicans have offered up three candidates who have the benefit of the experience that comes with currently sitting on the town board, while three women, backed by the local Democrat committee, chose to identify themselves as third-party candidates instead. One of the hot-button issues that both sides want to discuss is zoning law and the town comprehensive plan, a topic sure to catch the attention of residents eager to keep development in town to a minimum.
In Spafford, a smaller pool of voters makes every vote count even more. Two years ago, one race was decided by only four votes. This time, in addition to Democrat and Republican choices for town offices, a third party candidate has thrown his hat into the ring as well for a town board seat.
The time is now to educate yourself on who these candidates are, hear what they have to say and decide who you will support.
Look out for profiles of all the candidates for contested offices as well as other election news and information in the Press in coming weeks.
The Skaneateles Chamber of Commerce will be holding a meet the candidates night on Oct. 30 at which residents can ask questions of the candidates in person. Spafford will be holding a similar candidates forum on Oct. 16.
As you can see this week, another key part of the election season is hearing people state their opinions and start dialogues about town issues. The “mailbag” section of this paper is an excellent venue for those discussions. We always encourage any and all letters to the editor. For information on how to submit a letter, see our year-round letters policy printed on page 6 every week. For some special policies that will be in effect only for the time leading up to the election read below: