Elections taking place Tuesday in Tioga County
Village elections are to be held in Tioga County on Tuesday, March 19.
Here's a rundown of some of the choices:
Newark Valley reported this is an off year for their bi-annual elections.
In Candor there are two Trustee seats up for election. Chris Brown and Connie Naughton are running unopposed on the ballot. Voting will take place at the Candor Library, 2 Bank St., Candor, from noon to 9 p.m. Similarly in the Village of Spencer there are two unopposed races for Trustee seats, Erika Brown and Gilbert Knapp running in those races. Voting will be held in the Spencer Municipal building at 41 Main St., Spencer from noon to 9 p.m.
In the Village of Owego there are two contested races this year, more or less. In the only race with ballot choices for rival Citizen's Party and Rebuild Owego Party candidates, current Owego Trustee from the Second Ward Jim Legursky is running against Eric Yetter. Yetter is a social worker and sits on the Village of Owego Planning Board. Legursky has served on the board since 2010, and owns a small business in the village.
In the First Ward, Karl Jantz (RO) made the ballot, but is facing a write-in campaign waged by the Citizen's Party's Dennis Curatolo. Neither candidate is an incumbent in this race for outgoing Trustee Ray Rushing's seat. Rushing was appointed to serve Mayor Kevin Millar's remaining term after Millar was elected Mayor in 2012.
Curatolo is currently President of the Historic Owego Marketplace.
"One of my biggest concerns with the Village of Owego board is the lack of openness to the public. I feel there is a lack of communication between Owego residents and the Village," Curatolo said.
Jantz is a lifelong resident of Owego and grew up on McMaster Street. Jantz recently bought a house that was flooded on East Front Street and is renovating it. Jantz wants to serve on the Village Board to help others and the village to recover.
This year, former Trustee Ann Lockwood is running unopposed for the seat being vacated by current Trustee from the Third Ward Doug Worden. It was erroneously reported last year that Lockwood was running unopposed for re-election. Lockwood noted the previous Citizens Party majority kept tax increases below 1 percent.
Village of Owego Trustee elections are March 19, from noon to 9 p.m. at the Central Fire Station on North Avenue in Owego.
In the Village of Waverly there are several races, including for Mayor. In the race to fill retiring Mayor Kyle McDuffee's seat, former Tioga County Legislative Chairman Marty Borko will represent the People's Party against Mark Blakley of the Blakley Party for the two year term in office.
Three Trustee races are on the ballot this year in Waverly. Progressive Party candidates have showed up to fill the seats, with Jerry Sinsabaugh running to retain his position. The Progressive Party's Christopher Brewster and Michael J. Steck will be running for Trustee seats currently occupied by Kyle Sorensen and Kenneth Goodwin, who are not on the ballot this year.
The position of Village of Waverly Justice is also up for grabs. Justice Party candidate Richard J. Koons is running to retain the office for another four year term. In another unconventionally contested race, however, village resident Dana Parkhurst is running a write-in campaign.
Voting in Waverly will be at the Village Hall, 32 Ithaca St., Waverly from noon through 9 p.m.