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Third party candidates seek upset in Fenner town election

Fenner Neighbor Party candidates, form left, Carl Snow, Cindy Gavula and Phil Rose.

Fenner Neighbor Party candidates, form left, Carl Snow, Cindy Gavula and Phil Rose. Photo by Jason Emerson.

— Three Fenner residents from three different political affiliations have joined together and created a third-party ticket to challenge the major party candidates and multi-term incumbents in this year’s Fenner town elections — and they feel the atmosphere is ripe for an election upset.

Carl Snow, Cindy Gavula and Phil Rose are running as the Fenner Neighbor Party for town supervisor and two town board seats on a platform focused on banning hydrofracking in Fenner and improving citizen representation and elected official responsiveness on the town board. The three candidates collected more than 60 signatures — or more than twice the required number — necessary for them to register with the county board of elections to run as Independents in the upcoming election.

“We want to really protect our town from turning into an industrial gas site,” said Rose, who is running for a seat on the town board.

“But that’s not our only concern,” said Gavula, also running for town board. “Our other concern is representation: I don’t feel like our [current] board is as responsive as I would like. I think they mean well but they have been undemonstrative.”

“People want a choice,” said Snow, who is running for town supervisor. “I think it’s doable [that we can win].”

Snow, Gavula and Rose are all political newcomers who have never before run for political office. Snow is an independent who worked as an inspector for the Chrysler Corporation for more than 30 years and also served 12 years in the Navy; Gavula is a Republican who served as a pediatrician in the Navy for three years, retired to raise a family and now works part-time and volunteers at numerous community organizations; Rose is a Democrat who works in the Onondaga County Prevention Network where he specializes in the prevention of underage drinking. They have lived in Fenner for 26, 22 and 10 years, respectively.

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