Tompkins Weekly Staff
Residents in the towns of Caroline, Danby and Enfield heading to the polls on Election Day will be faced with few choices on their ballot as no candidates are opposed in their bids for office.
In Caroline, voters will see two candidates on the ballot for town justice, but one of the two has taken to Facebook to tell people not to vote for him when they head to the polls.
Brett Cary is listed on the Republican line, but has urged people not to cast their ballots for him. In the Facebook post, Cary noted that a conflict between his line of work as a peace officer and serving as justice – initially believed not to be an issue, but the finding of several court rulings in other cases made it more likely it would indeed be a conflict – so he would not be able to accept the position if elected.
“A few months back I was approached to run for Town Justice in the Town of Caroline to fill a vacancy coming at the end of the year,” Cary said in his Facebook post. “At the time, all thought that my career would not be an issue as I am a Peace Officer and not a Police Officer.
“Since then, we have discovered several rulings that prohibit me from this office unless I retire,” he added. “Well at my tender young age I have no intention of retiring from my career as of yet.”
Once that was discovered, he was asked to wait to file his letter of declination and the deadline to do so passed, and because of that Cary’s name will be on the ballot.
“I have no idea why I was asked to hold off on the letter, however by doing so it has put me in a situation that I feel put’s my credibility at stake and, to say the least, I’m not happy about it,” Cary said. “So once again, please don’t vote for me and tell your friends and neighbors who vote in the town not to vote for me as well.
“Thank you for those that have supported me and for not voting for me,” he concluded in his post.
The other person on the ballot is current councilperson Gary Reinbolt, who is listed on the Democratic line.
In other races, Supervisor Mark Witmer is running for re-election on the Democratic ballot line, as are councilpersons John Fracchia and Calvin Snow.
The incumbents in Danby are all running for re-election – and all on the Democratic line – to their posts: Ric Dietrich for supervisor, Pamela Goddard for town clerk, Carl Seamon for highway superintendent, and Matt Ulinski and Jim Holahan for a pair of seats on the town board.
Beth McGee, currently an Enfield councilperson, is running for town supervisor on the Democratic and Community Values ballot lines. Town Clerk Alice Linton, Highway Superintendent Barry Rollins Sr. and Town Justice Betty Poole are all running for re-election on the Democratic and Republican lines.
For town board, incumbent Virginia Bryant and Mimi Mehaffey are running on the Democratic and Community Values ballot lines for a pair of 4-year terms, while Becky Sims, currently serving on the board filling a 1-year term, is on the Democratic and Community Values lines for a 2-year term.
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For sample ballots and polling place information for all Tompkins County towns, visit the Tompkins County Board of Elections website at TompkinsCountyNY.gov/BOE.
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