Election Day is coming up fast, and the town of Cazenovia has five positions up for election as well as ballot propositions to extend the supervisor’s term of office and to change the town clerk from an elected to an appointed position. We profile these candidates and print the propositions on pages 7 and 8 in this week’s issue.
As our readers are most likely aware, the seats for town supervisor, town board, town clerk and town justice are all uncontested — but this should not be a reason to avoid voting on Nov. 5. Just because the “winner” of each race is a foregone conclusion does not mean it would be a waste of time to go to the polls. The sheer act of voting in itself is not just a privilege but a responsibility of all citizens. Think of the thousands of men and women who have fought and died for us to have this right; think of all the countries in the world that currently do not allow this participation. On a more utilitarian level, voting for these candidates (all incumbents in some form) tells them you do or do not approve of the job they have done.
As for the town proposals, we support voting yes to both. Extending the supervisor position from two to four years will give the job more continuity, which will improve our standing on the county board of supervisors. Also, allowing the supervisor to focus on his or her job rather than worrying about reelection every two years allows a better focus on the job. When the current town board approved this proposal to go forward to this public referendum, it did so with the supporting votes of a past supervisor (Liz Moran) the current supervisor (Ralph Monforte) and the upcoming supervisor (Bill Zupan). Clearly, they should know why such a change would be a benefit to the town.
The change of town clerk from an elected to an appointed position is also a logical move, and Town Councilor Kristi Andersen made a compelling argument in a guest column in last week’s issue of the Republican for approval. As she wrote, and we agree, many other towns and villages have chosen to appoint town clerks, the move is a non-partisan way to improve town efficiency and modernization and Linda Mather, the retiring clerk of 26 years’ experience, endorses the change (and she should know if it will work or not).