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.