By Rich Place
In a three-way race for two seats on the village trustee, incumbent Terry Skelton earned the least amount of votes during the election last week and won’t be back on the Springville Village Board when it reorganizes early next week.
But that doesn’t mean it’s the end of the political road for Skelton, who had most recently served as deputy mayor.
“I’ll be back,” Skelton said following the election. “I still have gas in my tank and when the next election comes around, if I feel I can contribute positively to our board, I will decide to run again.”
Skelton had served on the village board since he was appointed to fill a vacancy in 2008. This year he had campaigned with Mayor Bill Krebs and Kim Pazzuti, another trustee candidate who will begin her first term next month, as part of the For Springville independent party.
Elise Rose, who ran as part of the Revitalize Springville party, earned the most votes in the trustee race for the other seat on the board. The second seat was vacated by Robert Moriarty, who did not seek re-election.
Although yard signs featured Krebs, Pazzuti and Skelton all listed together, Skelton said there certainly wasn’t any mudslinging during the campaign and described the race as “very friendly.” In fact, all the candidates celebrated together on election night after voting concluded.
“I was running on experience and she was running on fresh ideas,” Skelton said about Rose. “We were all friendly with each other. We all want what is right for Springville.”
Rose and Pazzuti, both newcomers to village politics, earned 223 and 212 votes, respectively. Skelton wasn’t far behind with 193 votes. A total of 343 people came out to vote, according to data provided by the village.
In email correspondence with the Springville Times, Skelton was quick to wish the new trustees luck while also expressing gratitude for the 10 years he served on the village board.
“I wish all the luck to Kim and Elise and I hope the village residents support them as they’ve supported me over the past 10 years,” he said. “It’s been my honor to serve the residents of our village and who knows — maybe I’ll be back in the next election!”
The village, with Mayor Krebs and trustees Pazzuti, Rose, Alan Chamberlin and Nils Wikman, reconvene at 7 p.m. Monday, April 2.