Former South Amherst mayor Ronald Schmitz throws hat back in ring


Ronald Schmitz

Ronald Schmitz


OUR QUESTIONS

The News-Times asked South Amherst mayoral candidates these three questions:

1) Why do you believe you are the ideal candidate to serve as mayor of South Amherst?

2) If elected, what will you do to help South Amherst recover from the village clerk theft scandal and move forward?

3) What village issues are you most passionate about? What specifically would you change if elected to office?

Ronald Schmitz

1) I believe I’m the perfect candidate to be the mayor for the village of South Amherst because of my experience. I began serving the community in 1969 as a member of the board of public affairs. I joined the village council in 1976 until 2004, serving as council president multiple times. I served with three different mayors. In 2004, I became the mayor until 2012. I also operated a business in the village for 15 years.

2) While I was mayor in 2010, the state auditor required the village to form a financial oversight committee. After I left office, it was not enforced. I will ensure that it is always a working committee. I will make needed cuts and prioritize spending needs.

3) The most important issue, of course, is the financial stability of the village. As I state earlier, I would make the needed cuts and prioritize the spending needs. I will bring back leadership to the mayor’s office. I would ensure that our safety forces and street department have the needed training and equipment to serve and protect us all. I would work toward future projects such as water line replacement, storm sewer updates, and road improvements. I would try to bring more small businesses into the village. I would also try to secure a solid future for the next generation and bring back the lost charm of our village.

Editor’s note: Candidate David Leshinski did not respond to our election questionnaire.

Ronald Schmitz
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OUR QUESTIONS

The News-Times asked South Amherst mayoral candidates these three questions:

1) Why do you believe you are the ideal candidate to serve as mayor of South Amherst?

2) If elected, what will you do to help South Amherst recover from the village clerk theft scandal and move forward?

3) What village issues are you most passionate about? What specifically would you change if elected to office?