By Rich Place
Each day, Kim Pazzuti teaches of some of the village’s youngest residents in her third grade classroom at Springville Elementary School.
So when one of the children asked Pazzuti why her name was on a sign in someone’s front yard, it became a teaching opportunity for her. And while teaching students is nothing new — she’s been at Springville Elementary for 17 years — explaining why her name is on a political sign is a bit different.
Pazzuti is running for village trustee, one of three vying for two seats on the board.
“I feel I’m very present in the community but I’m not as active as maybe I could be in the community,” she said about why she is running for office.
It’s an almost misleading statement for the head coach for the Springville Griffith-Institute girls modified basketball team and varsity softball team; a union representative for five years; a PTA member; a 10-year veteran of the Springville Youth Inc. (SYI) board and a ruling elder for six years at Springville Presbyterian Church.
Pazzuti has lived in Springville for 23 years with her husband, John, and has raised her family here.
“We chose to live here and raise our family,” she said, noting she has two SGI graduates. “And I want other people to see how wonderful it is and to raise their family here.”
Pazzuti explained her experience with budgets — an important part of serving on the village board — including working on them at both SYI and at the Presbyterian Church. She’s hoping to bring that experience to the village.
“I really like that our village is in the black,” she said. “They are doing good things and this village is wonderful. It’s flourishing, it seems that everything is running pretty smoothly and I want to make sure that continues.”
She also stated some of her goals include demonstrating financial restraint in village operations, fostering intergovernmental cooperating, maintaining the village’s distinctive character and continuing village commitment to public safety.
And as a teacher of some of the district’s younger students, she has firsthand experience with many of the area’s younger families.
“It’s having our young stay here to raise their family,” she said. “There are a lot of wonderful things going on now, but just to continue that, you’ve got to keep that growth happening in our community.”
Originally from outside of the area, Pazzuti also gets first hand experience of how those outside of Springville view the area when family comes to visit. And what she hears makes herself proud of where she lives, she said.
“When my family comes in to visit, they always say how friendly we are here, how we can walk the whole village,” Pazzuti said. “It’s just the little things of like going out for ice cream and having that nice village (feel). And it’s safe.”
Pazzuti said one of the best parts about running for a village position is that it seems candidates are running solely for the betterment of the village, not for personal gain or political agendas.
“What I really like about it is that it’s not Republican, it’s not Democrat,” she said. “It’s making the right decisions for the village, which is how it always should be.”