The Village of Lancaster elections may not be anywhere near as eventful as they were four years ago, but Mayor William G. Cansdale Jr. says there's a reason for that.
With last week's deadline passing for the filing of petitions to seek village office, only five were filed, one each for five key offices -- mayor, three trustee's posts and village justice.
"The people in the community are happy with the direction we've chosen to head in village government," Cansdale said.
Cansdale is running unopposed for his third four-year term as mayor. He's joined on next month's ballot by three incumbent trustees, Jeffrey J. Stribing, first ward; Mary Marino, second ward; and Rev. John A. Swanson, third ward, respectively, who are also all unopposed.
Marino is seeking her third four-year term on the board. Stribing seeks his second consecutive four-year term on the board.
He formerly served a full term in the 1980s as well. Swanson is seeking his first full four-year term. He was elected two years ago to fill the vacancy left by former Trustee Michael Papili.
Justice Paul T. Bumbalo, who has served as village prosecutor and acting village justice, will seek his first full four-year term on the village bench.
The upcoming village election, to be held March 20, will be without the excitement and controversy generated by the election of 1997, where all of the seats were contested in a bitter battle for control of the village.
Cansdale doesn't seem to mind the calmness of this year's election. He says the current board's policy of "progressive, innovative and streamlined government," has really borne success village-wide -- and brought approval from constituents.
Cansdale said the chief issues in the village "boil down to two things: downtown revitalization and consolidation efforts," issues the current board has made paramount in ensuring the future vitality of the village of Lancaster.
The mayor said the village will continue to progress with plans to develop its streetscape project along Central Avenue in downtown Lancaster along with its planned downtown redevelopment endeavors.
Other major projects ongoing in the village include progressing with plans for a possible consolidation of the village police force with its town counterpart, facilitating a takeover by Erie County of the village's water system and attracting business to Lancaster's industrial park, Cansdale said.