April 4 ballot will have blanks for two positions
The spring election is less than a month away, but questions remain over who will serve on the Fredonia Village Board after the April 4 voting.
Two incumbents, Village President Don Dohrwardt and Trustee John Long, will be the only names on the village ballot. Trustees Ryan Mueller and Neil Wagner are not seeking re-election.
Their at-large trustee positions will be blank on the ballot, waiting for write-in candidates to step in.
One such write-in candidate has emerged, as resident TJ Meyers-Jansky registered as a candidate with the village.
Meyers-Jansky has begun circulating flyers about her impromptu candidacy, and attended last week’s Village Board meeting.
She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in business and is involved with the nonprofit veterans organization Homes for Our Troops.
On her flyer, Meyers-Jansky said, “I have a firm belief in being actively involved in the community I live in. The trustee position will provide my foundation of knowledge, enabling an understanding of the village goals and a listening ear for the voice of the residents.”
Normally, only the votes for registered candidates are tallied in a local election.
However, Village Clerk Sandi Tretow explained that because there will be two trustee positions with no declared candidates, all write-in candidates will be counted.
“In this case, being a registered write-in candidate does not give any preferential treatment counting-wise,” Tretow said, but being a registered write-in candidate clears up any potential questions that could arise involving campaign financing.