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Onondaga County Legislature: Candidate profiles

Third District candidates

William Meyer

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William Meyer

Bill Meyer has been married to his wife Linda for 42 years. They have two grown daughters and four grandchildren. He is 64 years old and has owned a local, award-winning insurance agency for over 37 years. He will be on the Republican, Conservative and Independence lines in November. Bill has also earned the endorsement of the Veterans Party of Onondaga County. His family has lived in the area for five generations.

Why are you running for office?

I believe that we all have a duty to serve our community in as many ways as possible. That is why I served over 20 years in the U.S. Army Reserve and in local government. I believe that my education and experience in business and finance fits best in county government.

Why are you the best candidate for this office?

I have real world experience and qualifications in business serving the public and in creating jobs.

What are the issues facing the town, and what will you do to address them?

The two major issues facing the county are jobs and high property taxes.

I will continue to address them by offering real budget cuts in spending and voting no to budgets that do not represent my residents, just as I did this year.

I will also continue to work with OCC and local businesses to create real jobs, not just make work projects with no future.

Joan Kesel

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Joan Kesel

Democrat; 66 years old. Married to David, daughter Susan, sons John and Brian, grandchildren Halie, Tanner and Samantha. Retired from the U.S. Postal Service.

Previous political experience: Cicero town supervisor (1996-99), Cicero Zoning Board of Appeals, Cicero Board of Assessment Review, founder of Central New York Women in Leadership; campaign chair and volunteer in numerous local, state and federal elections.

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