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Skaneateles election update: Republicans get endorsement; voter registration totals

The Skaneateles Republican candidates for town office. Top row from left: Steve McGlynn, Jim Greenfield, Rick Keyes. Bottom row from left: Allan Wellington, Janet Aaron, Lori Milne.

The Skaneateles Republican candidates for town office. Top row from left: Steve McGlynn, Jim Greenfield, Rick Keyes. Bottom row from left: Allan Wellington, Janet Aaron, Lori Milne.

The Skaneateles Republican Party candidates for office secured an endorsement from the Independence Party of New York last week.

The Republican candidates who will appear on the Nov. 5 ballot will be: Jim Greenfield for town supervisor, Steve McGlynn and Rick Keyes for town councilor, Janet Aaron for town clerk, Lori Milne for town tax collector and Allan Wellington for highway superintendent. Aaron, Milne and Wellington are all running uncontested.

Having their candidates appear on the ballot under a party line other than Republican is an often helpful strategy to entice voters to vote across party lines, said Town Clerk Janet Aaron, who is running for her fifth term in that office.

In order to get the endorsement, the Republicans were required to circulate petitions and acquire the signatures of at least five percent of the active voters registered with the Independence Party in Skaneateles, Republican Commissioner of the Onondaga County Board of Elections Helen Kiggins said.

Since there are currently 304 active registered Independence Party members in Skaneateles they needed 16 signatures to get the endorsement.

The Independence Party, not to be confused with non-affiliated voters who have no say in primary elections or endorsements, is the third biggest political party in Onondaga County with 14,281 registered members. Founded in 1994, the party typically backs candidates from the major two parties rather than putting up their own. Independence endorsements over the years have gone to both Republican and Democratic candidates.

Voter enrollment numbers

As of Friday, Sept. 20 the number of active registered voters in the town of Skaneateles was 5,489, according to the Onondaga County Board of Elections.

The Skaneateles voters are broken down by party affiliation below.

Republican Party: 2,457

Democratic Party: 1,426

Non-affiliated: 1,220

Independence Party: 304

Conservative Party: 55

Green Party: 13

Working Families Party: 10

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