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Town supervisors face re-election challenges

No primaries in Geneva, Linn




January 11, 2012 | 07:41 AM
There will be a challenge for incumbent supervisors in the towns of Geneva and Linn this April. But for two school boards, the challenge may be to fill an open position.

The current town supervisors Nos. 3 and 4 each face one challenger in the April 3 general election. That means there will not be any primaries in the towns of Geneva and Linn.

In Geneva, incumbent Supervisor Larry Kulik, W3768 South Shore Drive, will vie for re-election against challenger Gene Decker, W4159 Hemlock Drive.

Town Clerk-Treasurer Deb Kirch said both candidates filed their nomination papers prior to the Jan. 3 deadline, as did incumbent Supervisor Steve Kukla, W3776 South Shore Drive, and his challenger, Jeff Monroe, N3280 Larch Road.

This will be Kulik's first re-election attempt, but a rematch between him and Decker.

Kulik was elected in 2010 to the position formerly held by Trish Fahey. Kulik, Decker and James Pody II squared off in a primary, then Kulik beat Decker in the general election.

This latest campaign will be the third attempt at a Town Board spot for Decker, who also is one of the organizers of the town's Fun Festival.

Decker ran unsuccessfully for Supervisor No. 1 last April against Merle Loomer.

Kukla was first elected supervisor in April 2008. He ran for re-election unopposed in 2010.

Monroe, a member of the Town Police Commission, hasn't held an elected local position before. Years ago, he ran as an unregistered write-in candidate for town supervisor.

Although in past weeks, Kirch said others, such as Tara Young and Dan Lauderdale, obtained nomination papers from her, they did not file them by the Jan. 3 deadline. However, last week, Kirch said Young informed her she would not seek a Town Board supervisor position in the April 3 election.

Linn supervisors

In Linn, the spot currently held by longtime Supervisor No. 4 Greg Holden drew two candidates.

Holden filed for noncandidacy in December. In an e-mail, he stated he wanted to spend more time with his family, but wouldn't rule out returning to the board "at some point in time when the need arises."

Meanwhile, Linn Clerk-Treasurer Sue Polyock said two people filed their nomination papers in time to appear on the April 3 ballot — Craig DeYoung, N1486 Hillside Road, and Alex Palmer, N599 Mill Road.

Palmer also is a member of the Reek School Board.

DeYoung has been involved in community projects in the past, but hasn't held an elected local office.

As for the position of supervisor No. 3, incumbent Jeanne Allis, W3691 Snake Road, filed her nomination papers in time. She will vie for re-election against Allan Polyock, N146 Bissel Road.

Allis will be seeking re-election for the second time. She first won her Town Board position after successfully challenging Christine Jones in 2008. Allis was re-elected in an uncontested race April 2010.

A former town chairman and County Board supervisor, Allan Polyock has sought a spot on the Linn Town Board for several years.

Last year, he received the most votes in the primary race for Linn town chairman, vying against Steve Mack and Jim Weiss. However, Weiss won in the general election.

School boards

As for local school districts, Reek and Traver school boards each have one spot that may be up for grabs.Last week, Reek Administrator Joseph Zirngibl said no one filed nomination papers for the position being vacated by School Board member John Palmer.

According to Zirngibl, Palmer filed his noncandidacy statement in December.

The current vice president of the School Board, Peter Borgo, W3736 South Lake Shore Drive, will run unopposed April 3.

At Traver, School Board member Doug Frederick, W3797 South Lake Shore Drive, filed noncandidacy papers in December, said Mary DeYoung, Traver administrator. He was first elected to the board in 2006.

Longtime School Board President Bill Leonard, N1399 Westside Road, will seek re-election.

"This is his 20th year," Mary DeYoung said.

At Woods, Administrator Ed Brzinski said the current School Board clerk, Neal DeVries, W3628 Wildwood Drive, filed his papers to run in the April 3 election by deadline.

DeVries was appointed December 2010 to fill the position vacated by Scott Lowell. This will be the first election for DeVries.

The current Woods School Board president, Tom Leahy, filed noncandidacy in December. However, Barbie Wolski, W3561 Wildwood Drive, filed her nomination papers.

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