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Local residents hear election candidates, learn about ballot proposals

More than 50 people attend League of Women voters “Meet the Candidates” night

From right, League of Women Voters Chairperson Anne Redfern leads the current Cazenovia Supervisor Ralph Monforte, Clerk Linda Mather and Councilor Liz Moran in a panel discussion on the two ballot proposals for town residents seeking approval to extend the supervisor position to a four-year term from its current two-year term, and to change the town clerk from an elected to an appointed position.

From right, League of Women Voters Chairperson Anne Redfern leads the current Cazenovia Supervisor Ralph Monforte, Clerk Linda Mather and Councilor Liz Moran in a panel discussion on the two ballot proposals for town residents seeking approval to extend the supervisor position to a four-year term from its current two-year term, and to change the town clerk from an elected to an appointed position. Photo by Jason Emerson.

— “If the clerk goes to an appointed position then the town board can select the best candidate for the position. I like that,” Mather said.

Mather also said the timing is right to make this change in the job now, when there is no incumbent in the position (because she is retiring) rather than to make the change in the middle of someone’s term of office.

“There is no ulterior motive here. The timing is right, she said.

Cazenovia town election candidate profiles, as well as the wording of the two town ballot proposals were published in the Oct. 23 issue of the Cazenovia Republican and can be found online at cazenoviarepublican.com. They can also be found on the Madison County Board of Election website and at vote411.org.

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

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