By Rich Place
The Springville Village Board will have two new faces when it convenes for its reorganizational meeting in early April.
Elise Rose and Kim Pazzuti, both newcomers to village politics, defeated incumbent Terry Skelton in the race for two trustee seats. The other seat was vacated by Robert Moriarty, who did not seek re-election.
Mayor Bill Krebs was re-elected to his fourth term after running unopposed for his seat.
“I just want to say thank you to everyone who came out and supported me,” Rose said on Wednesday from behind the counter at her business, Sheret Jewelers. “I look forward to learning this new role in serving the community.”
Rose earned the most votes on Tuesday with 223, Pazzuti earned 212 and Skelton garnered 193 votes. Pazzuti, Skelton and Krebs had run together as the For Springville Party; Rose had campaigned under the Revitalize Springville Party.
“(I’m) filled with mixed emotions because Terry Skelton won’t be sitting alongside me,” Pazzuti said, “but very excited for this new adventure that seems to take place immediately.”
Skelton, who had most recently served as deputy mayor, was first appointed to the village board in 2008 to fill a vacancy and soon became one of the veteran members of the board.
The Springville Village Board will host its reorganizational meeting on Monday, April 2, where Krebs, Rose and Pazzuti will be sworn into office. The new trustees will join Alan Chamberlin and Nils Wikman on the board.
Rose is a 2004 graduate of Springville-Griffith Institute and will be the youngest trustee on the village board. The election day win came on her birthday on Tuesday. She and her husband, MIke, have three small children and own Sheret Jewelers on Main Street. She’s on the Springville Area Chamber of Commerce board and active with the First Presbyterian Church of Springville and the local chapter of MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers).
Pazzuti, who has lived in Springville for 23 years with her husband, John, and raised her family here, is a teacher at Springville Elementary School and a coach for the girls’ modified basketball and varsity softball team. She’s also a 10-year veteran of the Springville Youth Incorporated (SYI) board and has served the Springville Presbyterian Church for six years as a ruling elder.
For mayor, Krebs earned 243 votes in his unopposed race. There were 21 write-ins.