In Annsville, two challengers for town supervisor are running on their experience with finances.
Nicholas B. Smith, a former deputy commissioner of finance for Oneida County who primarily worked with real estate, wants to bring in more tools for tasks such as property assessment.
Stacey Vaile, a business owner and former distribution and retail manager, hopes to bring in more funding through grants.
The current supervisor, Scott Leuenberger, is not seeking re-election to another four-year term. The position has a salary of $12,500.
Smith wants to improve town tech
Smith, a Democrat, is running on the Democratic line. If elected, he wants people to come to him with their issues, even if he doesn’t agree with their point of view.
“And I’ll actually take it seriously,” he said.
Smith previously ran unsuccessfully for town council in 2011. Should he win election as supervisor, this would be his first elected office, though not his first public office. He previously served as deputy commissioner of finance for Oneida County, he said. It’s a background he believes will give him a good grasp on the town budget and finances.
He ran for office after others approached him about it, he said.
“I just feel I’ll be a good fit for the position,” he said. “I feel that also a lot of people have forgotten that we’re a public service.”
Smith said he also would like to update the technology used by the town, such as installing new software for property information and assessment.
“Keep the town the small community it is, but bring in new technology,” he said.
Vaile wants to serve community
Vaile, a Republican and lifelong resident of Annsville, believes her experience with a budget and her community will make her a good leader. It is her first time running for any public office, she said.
Vaile said that she had no issues with the way Leuenberger has run the town. Rather, she said she wants to serve her community.
“I just feel like I’d like to be involved in our community,” she said. “And not many people have an interest in public office in our small town.”
She spoke to the local Republicans about running, she said.
“They were very excited and said, ‘We would back you all the way,’” she said.
Although currently a dispatcher for the Camden Central School District, Vaile has worked in both distribution and retail management where she has had to operate a budget, she said. She also operates a fireworks vending business with her husband. Vaile has been involved in a number of volunteer groups where she has handled the finances, she said.
There are few issues or things she would like to change in town, but Vaile said she does want to look into available grants for the town.
“Everybody gets along really well and is looking out for the best interest of the town,” she said.
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