Several villages in Cayuga County and western Onondaga County will be holding elections March 20, and although many ballots are filled with unopposed incumbents, a few races are contested with a strong turnout of political newcomers.
Village clerks reported the following information for the village elections scheduled for Tuesday, March 20:
The mayoral seat and two trustee positions are up for grabs.
Incumbent Bonnie Apgar Bennett, with the Aurora Party, is seeking re-election as mayor and faces opposition from two newcomers. Marie Dentes, with the Dentes for Open Government Party, and Barbara Blom, with the Together Party, are also vying for the mayoral seat.
Three people are running for the two available trustee positions. Incumbents Grace Bates, with the People's Party, and Janet Murphy, with the Family Party, are both running for re-election. Newcomer Matthew Bianconi, with the Aurora Party, is also running for a trustee position. All positions, including the mayoral seat, are four-year terms.
Polls will be open from noon to 9 p.m. Tuesday, March 20, at the Aurora Firehouse, 456 Main St.
Three have entered the race for the two trustee positions on the ballot.
Incumbent Trustee Andrew Wright, with the Concerned Citizens of Cayuga Party, is running for re-election while Trustee Daniel Quill has decided not to run for re-election. The two other nominees running are Shane Ellis, with the Citizens for a Better Cayuga Party, and Michael Ogburn, with the Better Cayuga Party. The trustee positions are two-year terms.
Polls will be open from noon to 9 p.m. Tuesday, March 20, at the village office, 6205 Railroad St.
Nearly all government positions are up for election in the village. Incumbents are running unopposed for each of the four available seats.
Mayor Chris DeCola, with the Citizens Party, is running for re-election for a three-year term as mayor. Incumbents John Murray, Stephanie Harris and Patrick Ely, all with the Citizens Party, are running for re-election as trustees. Ely's trustee term would be three years, while Murray's and Harris' would be four years. The two three-year terms are unique to this election season as they are adapting to accommodate resignations.
Voting takes place noon to 9 p.m. Tuesday, March 20, at the Elbridge municipal offices, 210 West Main St.
Three people, including two newcomers, are on the ballot for two four-year trustee positions up for election in Fair Haven.
Trustee Holley Webster–Goolden, with the Republican Party, is running for re-election while incumbent Trustee Pete Hanford is not running. Newcomers Christopher Drogi, with the Republican Party, and Hope Wojtowicz, with the Our Village People Party, are also on the ballot.
Polls will be open from noon to 9 p.m. Tuesday, March 20, at the village hall, 14523 Cayuga St., Sterling.
Meridian has two positions on the ballot — one trustee and one village justice — for this year's elections.
Trustee Alicia Wheeler, with the Wheel Party, is running for the trustee position unopposed. Wheeler was previously appointed as a trustee when Trustee Edward Epprecht resigned. The current village justice, Gary James, is not running for re-election, and David Berlinski, with the Justice Party, is running unopposed to take his place. The trustee and village justice positions each have four-year terms.
Polls will be open from noon to 9 p.m. Tuesday, March 20, at Cato's municipal building, 11320 Short Cut Road.
Two trustee positions with two-year terms are on the Union Springs ballot.
Shane Truman, with the Republican Party, is running for trustee, as Trustee Dawn Locastro decided not to seek re-election. Incumbent Trustee Brian Cornell, also with the Republican Party, is running for re-election. There is no opposition for either of the trustee positions.
Polls will be open noon to 9 p.m. Tuesday, March 20, at the village offices, 26 Chapel St.
Two incumbents are seeking re-election for the two trustee positions on the ballot.
Trustees Christopher Lukins and Steven Sims, both with the Republican Party, are running again for the four-year term trustee openings. Lukins and Sims are running unopposed.
Polls will be open noon to 9 p.m., Tuesday, March 20, at the village offices, 8892 South St.