To the editor:
I write to ask all village residents to vote in the special election scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 18, from noon until 9 p.m. at the fire station on Genesee Street. State law requires that a special election be held to fill the vacancy for a village board member to fill the un-expired term previously held by Mary Sennett. I encouraged Carol Stokes-Cawley to run for the village trustee position and am delighted that she chose to run for this open seat. Carol is a friend and neighbor whom I have known for 20 years. I met Carol very soon after her family moved to our community and believe that her interests and abilities will make her a very effective trustee. If five candidates were running for the seat, this letter would recommend a vote for Carol.
Many residents may know that Carol is running unopposed and have asked why they should bother to vote. I have two answers. Our election laws do not grant sole candidates in an election an automatic win — the election must be held. In uncontested elections with low voter turn-out, a very small but well organized group could mount a write-in campaign. We could wake up the morning after the election with a new trustee that very few residents had any idea was even interested in the job. I believe strongly that interested candidates should follow the transparent process of running for an office and giving residents a fair choice. The second reason is that village must pay for costs of running the election whether four, 40 or 400 people vote. Let’s get our money’s worth and have a good turnout. I am certain that our election inspectors would much rather be busy assisting voters than sitting quietly from noon until 9 p.m.
Our village is fortunate that a candidate of Carol’s ability stepped forward to run for this open seat. I encourage all village residents to vote for Carol Stokes-Cawley on Tuesday, March 18 from noon until 9 p.m. at the fire station on West Genesee Street. Thank you for your attention.
Skaneateles Village Trustee