By Hayleigh Gowans
In the upcoming Nov. 7 village elections in East Syracuse, five candidates are running for two trustee seats, while the incumbent mayor and village judge will run unopposed in their races.
Mayor Robert Tackman, in office since 2013, will run unopposed for reelection as People’s Party candidate.
Two current trustee seats are up for reelection — those held by Daniel Wagner and Carol Para. Wagner will seek reelection as a People’s Party candidate but Para will not.
In the race for the trustee seats are also People’s Party candidate Liz Landry, Advance East Syracuse Party candidates Kim Liedka and Mary Albanese, and Dom Celleti, who is not running as a candidate of a village party.
Incumbent Village Justice Joe Zavaglia will seek reelection to his seat as a People’s Party candidate.
The terms for mayor, village trustee and village justice are all four-years.
In the past, East Syracuse village elections were held in March, but in April 2016, the village board voted to move local elections to November to match up with Onondaga County elections, and to be run by the county board of elections. The reasons cited by Tackman for this decision at the time were: cost and resource savings for the village; an increase in voter turnout; candidates will be able to campaign in the warmer months rather than in winter; and elected candidates will have more time to get accustomed to their position before the spring budget season.
In an upcoming edition of the Eagle Bulletin, there will be candidate questionnaires of all candidates running.
Polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 7. To look up your polling location, go to ongov.net/elections/index.html. For questions about the East Syracuse elections, call the village clerk at 315-437-3541.
I am a reporter for the Eagle Bulletin and Cazenovia Republican at Eagle News. I report on topics ranging from town and village government, business, news and features. I am a 2014 graduate of the Roy H. Park School of Communications and have a degree in Journalism and a minor in Psychology.