Candidates 2023

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Onondaga County Legislature – District 10

Carrie Wood for County Legislator

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Carrie Ingersoll-Wood

for District 10

Carrie is passionate about advocacy for students with disabilities and connecting students to the disability community at large both on and off campus. Her diverse experience in community building ranges from her background as a teacher in the Syracuse City School District and volunteer experience as a club advisor with Girl Up supporting club members who fight for justice on intersecting gender equity social issues. Carrie and her husband moved with their family to Manlius in 2016; two of their three children graduated from Fayetteville-Manlius high school.

Carrie is the director of the Disability Cultural Center at Syracuse University and a Ph.D. candidate in the School of Education at Syracuse University. She is a member of the university’s Senate Committee on Race, Equity, Ethnicity, & Inclusion, and serves on the Disability, Access, & Inclusion Council, the Council on Diversity and Inclusion, and the Chancellor’s Task Force on Sexual Relationship Violence. A first-generation student, she holds an AA from SUNY Broome, a BA with Departmental Honors in English, Literature and Rhetoric from Binghamton University and an MAT in English Adolescent Education from Binghamton University.

The Legislature is the chief policy-making body for Onondaga County. District 10 includes nearly all of the Town of Manlius, including Fayetteville, Minoa, and Manlius. The general election is November 7, 2023. 

Town of Manlius

John Deer

for Town Supervisor

In my short time on the board I have made it clear to residents in our town that I am committed to making this a government for and by the people. Going door-to-door in 2019, I found that many voters had little understanding of the role of our town government and the ways it impacts our lives, let alone its potential. Once I found myself on the board I realized that our town needs progressive and bold leadership to modernize, increase transparency and foster an inclusive process.

A town government can advocate for a stronger community and ask for all residents’ feedback when making important decisions. People should feel encouraged to participate at every step of the way. All too often I hear, “That’s the way things have always been done” and “Don’t fix something that isn’t broken.” This kind of thinking makes it impossible for new voices to be part of the process. Rather than running on a plan to keep things the same, I’m running for reelection to keep Manlius moving forward.

John Deer for Town Supervisor

“Re-elect Town Supervisor John Deer to keep Manlius moving forward.

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Alissa Italiano

for Town Councilor

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I know what it’s like to be told something isn’t possible – to struggle and to be challenged. When I realized I faced struggles as a student with a disability, it helped me realize everyone faces these struggles and much worse. I’ve been advocating to make changes for the better when it was relevant to me, and now I’m paying it back and forward in my professional life. Changes that not only affected me at the time, but effected change for those who came after me. 

I hope to bring in opportunities for economic development, affordable housing, especially for seniors/elderly and those with disabilities, but also for young, working families just starting out. Manlius should be a place where people and families can grow, through every phase of life.

Michael V. Nesci

for Town Councilor

The events that have transpired in our country over the past 10-years have inspired me to get involved with local politics. We have experienced very challenging economic times, political division, and increased foreign and domestic threats to our democracy. There is much to do at the local levels of the political system to protect our democracy, improve quality of life, create a sustainable future, and a robust economy that provides strong economic support to our citizens.

I would like to maintain progress and growth within the Town of Manlius by continuing to pursue renewable resources, protect our beautiful natural habitats, provide affordable, quality and efficient housing to appeal to those that are looking to settle in our town, ensure the highest level of services, commit to a safe and secure community by supporting our public safety departments, and commit to seeking diverse and inclusive input from town residents.

There is much work to be done, and it is my sincere hope that we can do this together. A representational government should include input from all stakeholders. If elected, I intend to include you, the residents of the Town of Manlius in the governance of our town.

Heather Waters for Manlius Town Councilor

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Heather Waters

for Town Councilor

Heather was elected to the Manlius Town Board in 2019 and invites residents with young families and newcomers to participate in government. Heather is a trained mediator, and she authored the updates to the Town’s public meeting rules, which launched the “Open Podium” public comment program. She led the town’s pay equity audit, Co-chairs the Comprehensive Plan Committee, the Tree Commission, and she serves as the liaison to the Police department. She is a member of the multi-agency Critical Response Committee and the Deer Management Committee.

Heather is a Venture Partner at Akili VC and trained community mediator. She previously  worked as an Assistant Dean for Advancement at Syracuse University and holds a BA from Mount Holyoke College and an MS from Columbia University. She advocates alongside fellow LGBTQIA+ community members and people with disabilities. Born and raised in the town, Waters lives in Fayetteville with her husband, Sterling, and their 11 year-old, Riley.

John Boyd II

for Town Justice

I am running for Town Justice because I believe that my background, experience, passion for the law and for what is just will allow me to best implement fairness, equity, and reasonableness in our court system. As a resident of Manlius I have lived in New York my entire life. I currently live with my wife, Katie, a pediatric nurse practitioner and our two wonderful children, Magnolia and Willow.

Since graduating from Syracuse Law, I have continued to serve our community by volunteering as a coach for my Syracuse Law’s Mock Trial Team, serving as a member of the Village of Fayetteville’s Planning Board, serving on the Volunteer Lawyers Project board and serving on the board of the William Herbert Johnson Bar Association as its Treasurer.

I am a Court Attorney for the Fifth Judicial District working in the Syracuse City Court. I provide legal advice to the judges of the Court in civil, criminal, small claims, and landlord tenant cases. Before joining the Court I was an assistant district attorney with the Onondaga County District Attorney’s office. I prosecuted felony cases in the Economic Crimes Bureau. Prior to that he was a litigation attorney at Bond, Schoeneck & King, PLLC, in its Syracuse office.

If elected, I promise that I will fairly uphold the law and promote these same ethical values from day one. I hope to have your support in fostering an equitable court system here in our town of Manlius.

Thank you for your consideration, and I hope to earn your vote.

Onondaga County

I’m running to restore integrity to the Onondaga County Executive Office.

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Bill Kinne

for County Executive

Bill Kinne is a true public servant. He has dedicated his life to public service in Onondaga County.

Kinne is a long-time county legislator. First elected in 1991, he served until 2011. He was then a legislative aide from 2012 to 2018, and was elected again to the county legislature in 2019.

Bill will work hard to decisively tackle the issues that affect our community by listening to constituents, using common sense and taking action.

Vote for Bill Kinne on November 7th and let’s elect the first Democrat for Onondaga County Executive!!

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Chuck Keller

for District Attorney

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Re-Elect Mary Masterpole!

Marty Masterpole

for County Comptroller

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Emily Essi

for County Clerk

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Emily Essi for Onondaga County Clerk

Important Dates

Vote February 14, 2023 – Deadline to change your party enrollment.

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Vote March 21, 2023 – Village of Manlius Elections

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November 7, 2023 – General Election Polls will be Open 6AM – 9PM.

Early Voting will be available. If you need to vote by absentee you need to fill out an absentee ballot by Tuesday, October 28, 2023.

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