DANNEMORA — Two candidates are campaigning for a seat on the Village of Dannemora Town Council.
Independent Martha Sweeney and Democrat James Barber are both running for the one-year unexpired term up for vote in November.
Sweeney, a former Village of Dannemora mayor, was appointed Jan. 8 to fill the council seat left vacant when William Chase took the post of town supervisor.
The remaining year on the council seat — Jan. 1 through Dec. 31, 2015, is up for grabs.
The Press-Republican asked each of the candidates to talk about the biggest issues facing their community and how he or she would address them if elected.
Here are their responses:
Sweeney: "I would say our biggest issue here is to keep the tax rate down below the (state tax-levy) cap, which we’re doing very nicely.
"We have a salt issue in Chazy Lake (hamlet); they’re going to form a new water district through the state of New York. It’s been a long process.
"Other than that, my goal is to serve the people and do my best to keep them all happy and keep the tax rate down."
Barber: "The biggest issue for the community would be the water district for the people who have contaminated water in Chazy Lake (hamlet). I know the state is working with it right now.
"We deal with a milfoil disease between the two lakes, Chazy Lake and Chateaugay Lake — that’s trying to be addressed every year.
"I’m just looking forward to helping the community succeed in the times we have today."