Village elections are Tuesday.
Races are often scarce when it comes to village elections, but in Livingston County there are elections in four villages, and three of them have contested races.
The elections are returning to their traditional March polling day after being delayed in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The pandemic continues, but there are contested offices and vacancies that must be filled.
The presence of COVID-19 has altered the voting landscape for the village elections, but getting out to vote Tuesday is still of vital importance to your community. It is how you can make your voice heard to those will set the future of your village.
In Mount Morris, incumbent Mayor Frank M. Provo is seeking re-election. He is running on the Mount Morris First party line against Republican Joel Mike, a current village trustee and former mayor.
Three trustee seats in Mount Morris are also up for election, with William Manthey and Timothy D. Bryant unopposed for two open seats. They have been cross-endorsed by both Democrats and Republicans. Also seeking election, Jeffrey C. Coniglio, who is unopposed for an unexpired trustee term.
Dansville and Lima both have multiple candidates for a limited number of trustee seats.
In Dansville, former police chief Charlie Perkins, running on the Democrat and Allegiance party lines, is challenging two incumbents, Norm Zeh and Mike Nagle, both Republicans. Two seats are up for election.
Village Justice Scott Kenney is running unopposed for another term.
Lima’s trustee race is crowded, with a field of four candidates seeking two seats. Democrats David M. Cabrera and John Wadach, both incumbents, are being challenged by Republicans Brian Smith and Carolun Fleming.
Also in Lima, John Skiptunas, a current trustee, is seeking election as mayor.
Livonia also has three trustee seats up for election, with the candidates for the seats all unopposed. Incumbents Daniel Coon and Chris Genthner are unopposed for two open seats, while Annette Meade is unopposed in her quest to fill an unexpired trustee term. Meade is also an incumbent, having been appointed to the seat she now seeks election for.
Candidates, in profiles published in last week’s Livingston County News, expressed a variety of reasons for why they are seeking elected office, or to return to elected office, and they have different areas that they wish to focus on, if elected.
But there are also some common threads. Among them, a desire to make a difference in a community that they love.
Village elections are Tuesday, March 16. Polls are open from noon to 9 p.m.
Take a few moments on Tuesday to help determine the future course of your village. It is one important way that you can share your voice with your community. Vote. You’ll be glad you did.