Lyndonville deputy mayor comments on 11th-hour candidacy of election victor

Posted 18 March 2016 at 12:00 am


The dust has settled from this year’s election in Lyndonville. Local elections are not political, but they are a referendum on job performance.

Normally, one person runs for mayor and is elected by a few voters. This year, some folks in the village, in a critique of one candidate’s job performance, selected a former town supervisor at the eleventh hour to be a second candidate.

They used social media to encourage people to cast a vote for that person which produced a landslide victory for him. They were able to mobilize people who never voted, had not voted in years and even one who was not registered to vote.

The winner said, “I’m very honored, it was a very good turnout. The people spoke and I want to thank them for their support.” The question is, what do they expect of him once he begins office in April?

Besides taking the oath of office, he will have a specific set of duties and responsibilities to follow. That should be their payback. So let the voters come to meetings to monitor the mayor’s performance for the next four years.

The victor also declared, “I’m going to make some changes and bring back the community to where it should be.” Do others know where that is?

So the voters have expressed a hope for change.

For my own reasons, I did not.

James Tuk