Two Republican Elbridge Town Board members are looking to fill the town supervisor position, a seat that will be vacant at the end of the year because current Town Supervisor Ken Bush Jr. is making a run for the Onondaga County Legislature.
Rita A. Dygert and Vernon J. Richardson are both on ballot for the Republican primary on Tuesday. There's also a Conservative Party primary election for the supervisor seat, with Dygert listed as the endorsed candidate and a space for write-in votes.
Dygert has the Independence Party ballot line secured for the November general election, and no Democratic Party candidates will be on the ballot, according to the county elections board.
Both candidates are long-time town board members. Richardson has served for 12 years as a councilor and Dygert has been on the board for almost 20 years as a councilor, most recently serving as deputy supervisor.
Dygert said her past experience as both a board member and an assistant director with the U.S. Office of Personnel Management will give her the knowledge and skills necessary to be successful in the position.
"I care about this community and the future of the community," Dygert said. "I am extremely interested in what becomes of the town. I want to continue to move it forward in terms of residential growth and development."
Dygert, who has lived in Elbridge for 40 years, said one of her first goals if elected is to update the town's comprehensive plan. She said she wants to see the community get more involved and hear what residents have to say.
"I just care a lot about this community," she said. "I know what needs to be done and I can do it to move the town forward."
Prior to serving on the Elbridge Town Board, Richardson said he was a member of the town of Elbridge Zoning Board of Appeals and was previously a construction worker and a school bus driver. A native of Elbridge, Richardson said he was asked by many people in town to run for the position because "they thought I would do a good job."
Richardson said his main goal is to make it easier for businesses to grow and expand in the town, as well as improve communication between the town and the villages of Jordan and Elbridge and the Jordan-Elbridge Central School District.
"I would like our town to be more business friendly to new businesses coming in and have less restrictions for current businesses to expand," he said.
In addition to the supervisor primary, Elbridge voters in the Republican and Conservation parties can cast primary ballots in the Onondaga County Legislature race featuring Bush.
The current town supervisor is challenging incumbent Derek Shepard, of Baldwinsville, to represent District 13, which includes the towns of Camillus, Elbridge and Van Buren. Bush is also on the Conservative Party primary ballot, with an opportunity to ballot petition allowing for write-in votes against him.
Voting for the primary elections will take place noon to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 12. Elbridge voters will be able to cast their ballots at the Elbridge Firehouse, 275 Route 5 East, Elbridge, or the Jordan-Elbridge Community Center, 5 Route 31 West, Jordan.