The Republican View: Elections are coming!

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I know this is a column about Tompkins County, but Lansing is a part of that, so here we go. We are gearing up for another election season and we have a great slate of candidates in Lansing! We are proud of all these candidates and we thank them for stepping up to be your representatives.


We are having our chicken BBQ at the Lansing ballfields on June 8, 11 a.m. until it’s all gone. Please come and get some BBQ chicken at the new Baker Pavilion. We will be having a meeting on July 11 at 6 p.m. If you’re interested, text or call me at 607-339-7978. It will be casual and we’ll get some business done, talk about the needs of the county and towns, and about ways to rebuild our numbers, and how to register more Republicans in Tompkins. There’s a fundraiser at the Ithaca Country Club for Tom Reed at the end of July. We’ll also be having an event in September. We’re working on the date right now.
As for our candidates:

Ed LaVigne – ReElect for Town Supervisor
• Town Supervisor for three years
• Town Board Member for four years
• President of the Lansing Community Council and President of Lansing Seniors
• Supervising Pharmacist for 30 years
• Member of Lansing United Methodist Church and organizer of annual rummage sale
• Spearheaded the building of housing in the town center, baseball/softball dugouts, Robert Baker BBQ pavilion
• Forged landmark agreement with Villages of Lansing and Cayuga Heights for new sewer service
• Created new water districts
• Maintained a low tax rate and held spending in check, keeping workforce level without sacrificing services
• Hired a town planner and consultant as a board member and expanded the position to full-time when it warranted the switch


Judy Drake – Town Board
• Human Resource Manager – Town of Ithaca/22 years and Bolton Point Water System
• Town of Lansing, Zoning Board of Appeals Member for seven years
• Town of Lansing Agriculture Committee for three years
• Secretary, Vice Chair and Chair of the Greater Tompkins County Municipal Health Insurance Consortium for nine years
• Audit and Finance Committee and Joint Committee on Plan Structure and Design, Claims Appeals Committee
• Municipal Cooperative Review Committee, Governance Structure Committee
• Tompkins County Dairy Princess Program Committee for seven years
• Society for Human Resources Management of Tompkins County for 18 years
• Tompkins County 4-H – parent volunteer

Jeffrey “Otto” Norman – Town Board
• Lifetime Lansing resident, raised family in Lansing
• Married to Denise with two children, six step-children and 13 grandchildren
• Retired Sheriff’s Deputy/Sargent/Supervisor, Served 25 years
• Certified State Instructor for Sheriff’s Department
• Sportsman and hunting/archery safety instructor
• Former Lansing Volunteer Firefighter
“While I’ve lived here my whole life, I welcome everyone who’ve recently moved to Lansing just as Lansing welcomed my family when we first came to America. My experience with people of all different backgrounds has given me the ability to create positive relationships and results.”


John Howell – ReElect for Town Justice
• A life-long resident of Lansing. With his wife Carol, he raised two children: Jason and Loralee
• Town Justice for 28 years
• BS University of Rochester. Masters University of Nebraska
• Retired manager from Cornell after a 36-year career
• 28 years certified NYS advanced judicial training
• Life-long role in community youth programs
“Our court has one of the highest caseloads in Tompkins County. I’m concerned about our youth in our court system and I’m dedicated to help keeping Lansing a safe community. I’ve been tough on criminals when needed, but also open-minded and caring in dealing with the variety of cases continually brought before our court. Local judges must have the trust of the community that they will be fair and honest in dispensing their duties.”

Deb Munson – ReElect for Town Clerk
• Current town clerk for five years and former Deputy Town Clerk
• Registered Municipal Clerk certification from NYS Town Clerks Association
• 40-year resident
• AAS Degree in Accounting
• Bookkeeper for 30 years at a family farm and trucking business and 20 years Baker’s Chicken Coop
• Former Customer Service Manager for Transonic Systems for 10 years
• Instituted credit card processing at town offices

ReElect Charlie “Cricket” Purcell Lansing Highway Supervisor
• 25-year Town Employee. Started as Truck Driver, became deputy Highway Supervisor in 2006
• Manages $2.8 million budget, 16 employees
• Spearheaded Myers Park dredging
• Managed Drake Road Water district installation
• Installed Myers road stormwater pipes
• Worked in cooperation with the county to pave county roads in the town
• 48-year resident. Married to Marcella and has two sons, Daniel and Alex

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