Getting involved in some of the village’s recent environmentally friendly initiatives was one of the reasons she decided to run.
“They seem very open to new ideas and pushing the limits a little bit in all sorts of great directions … I think the village hall is amazing. The fact that they went out and got grants and actually had that building renovated and made it green is just fantastic,” she said.
Stokes-Cawley was one of the founding members of Sustainable Skaneateles, a group formed last year to promote sustainability and environmentalism in the community. In its first year, the group organized an observance of Earth Hour, held an energy challenge to educate residents about how to conserve household energy and held an alternative energy fair and tour of homes.
She also has some familiarity with village government after spending the past 11 months on the village planning board.
She also said, as a village trustee, she would be interested in getting educated and involved with the current review of the town-village joint comprehensive plan. One issue the plan should attempt to address is the lack of middle and low-income housing options in the town and village which have hurt enrollment numbers in the schools, she said.
Stokes-Cawley has also been involved in the community as a member of the board of the Skaneateles Music Guild, Skaneateles Festival and volunteered with the Skaneateles Parent Teacher Committee.
Despite being the only official candidate, Stokes-Cawley said she still plans to do what she can to “get the vote out” to ensure her victory, because turnout for uncontested village elections is typically low and voters can still cast write-in votes.
Last year’s March election, only 142 village residents cast votes for three uncontested races, including 63 total write-ins.
Having a good turnout for the election was also on the minds of the current village board members at its recent meeting, when they encouraged people to spread the word about the vote.
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