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Former Lowville mayor challenges incumbents for trustee seats

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LOWVILLE — Three people are vying for two seats on the village Board of Trustees in Tuesday’s election.

Charles W. Truax Jr. and Brian P. Western hope to retain their positions, while Danny L. Salmon hopes to replace one of them.

Mr. Salmon is no stranger to the board. In 1995, with no political experience, he ran for mayor and won.

“I had eight years as mayor and bring a lot of knowledge with me,” he said.

Along with knowledge, he said, he brings “an impeccable attendance record.”

Mr. Salmon said the board accomplished many things while he was in office. During his tenure, he said, officials “brought natural gas to the village, received a $4 million grant to upgrade the water filtration plant on the Number Four Road, dredged the wastewater ponds on East State Street and aggressively paved one mile of village streets per year.”

He said he was also proud that during his eight years, “taxes remained at 0 percent increase, except my very first year, which was at 2 percent.”

He also referred to his 1998 agreement with Lewis County that would keep the village watershed properties exempt from county taxes.

Mr. Truax said he hopes to be re-elected because “I still have a lot more to offer.”

He’s in his seventh year on the Lewis County General Hospital board of managers and has served on his parish council for 15 years and the Community Services Board for eight years. He also has served as a Lowville town justice.

“I always try to be very thoughtful in my decisions. I think before I speak and vote. Having been a judge, I know your mind can change if you truly listen,” Mr. Truax said.

Mr. Western said it was Mr. Salmon who encouraged him to run for trustee in 1999. After winning his seat, he was appointed deputy mayor by Mr. Salmon.

When Mr. Salmon stepped down as mayor, Mr. Western ran unsuccessfully for that position, losing to the late Robert A. King. Mr. King died in office. After Trustee Mary E. Youngs replaced him, Mr. Western was appointed to fill Mrs. Youngs’s seat and retained that spot in the 2008 election.

During his time as a trustee, Mr. Western said, he’s enjoyed “working with the town” of Lowville. He said the shared building was an example how the entities have “streamlined and are working together.”

He enjoys this level of government, he said, “because it’s not too political.”

Mr. Western is a supply quality engineer at Kraft Foods. He and his wife, Marie, have two school-age daughters.

The election will be from noon to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the village office, 5535 Bostwick St.

Four other Lewis County villages have elections Tuesday.

■ In Castorland, Mayor Mark Moshier and Trustees Candy R. Bezek and Arnold E. Loucks are running for four-year terms.

■ In Copenhagen, Trustees Kim R. Vogt and Scott Alexander are running for two-year terms.

■ In Croghan, a four-year mayoral seat, two four-year trustee seats and a one-year trustee seat are up for grabs, with Trustee William C. Shambo the lone person on the ballot. Other spots will be decided through write-in votes.

■ In Turin, Trustee Kelly Amidon is running for another four-year term.

Constableville, Lyons Falls and Port Leyden are switching their elections to November this year, while Harrisville has held its election in the fall since 2003.

Times staff writer Steve Virkler contributed to this report.

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