The Campaign for Change candidates for Sweden Town Council in the town election this November have a new Facebook page. The three candidates in the Campaign for Change are: Annie Crane – Town Supervisor, Mary Rich – Town Board, and Lori Skoog – Town Board.
The idea behind the Campaign for Change is to bring a fresh approach to government in the Town of Sweden. The Campaign for Change candidates are running as Democrats, and they are also on the Working Families line on the ballot. For more information, go to the Campaign for Change Facebook page.
There is a lot of buzz around town about the town election in November because there have been so many scandals in the Town of Sweden. In fact, there have been so many scandals it is hard to keep count.
- Sweden Supervisor Buddy Lester was convicted of not filing his income taxes, and had to resign. But then he was hired as the Deputy Town Attorney anyway.
- Town Judge Carl Coapman was observed to be intoxicated while presiding in court, and had to resign in January 2013.
- There was a sex scandal involving Council-woman Danielle Windus-Cook, who was caught in bed with a town employee.
- Sweden failed to stay within the tax cap, but members of the Town Council raised their own salaries anyway.
- The audit of the Town Court by the New York State Comptroller’s Office found ten serious flaws in the operation of the court.
- Nepotism is rampant in the Town of Sweden government. Everybody seems to be related to everybody else.
- The Town of Sweden government. tried to defund the Senior Center.
- • On top of all these scandals, some Sweden residents are upset about property assessments in the town. To them it seems that some property owners get preferential treatment while others get the cold shoulder.
The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new”
The Campaign for Change candidates have addressed these issues and they will work to:
- Keep taxes under the cap
- Ensure fair assessments
- Provide recreation for our seniors
- Establish a volunteer ethics board
- Strengthen Town, Village & SUNY relations
- Assure Town Court follows State audit mandates
For many Sweden residents, including a lot of Republicans, that approach makes a lot of sense. If the talk on Main Street during the Arts Festival this weekend is any indication, people in Sweden seem to be fed up with all the nonsense.
The revelation that Clarkson underfunded the library by $12,006 this year, while Sweden overfunded the library by $10,730 will almost certainly be a campaign issue in the November election.
Of course, some Republicans find it hard to vote for a Democrat, no matter how bad the Republican candidates are. That’s the way politics is in this country. But as one resident put it, “For those Republicans who continue to say that they have never voted Democratic, the Campaign for Change is also on the Working Families line.”