Village Election candidate petitions due Feb. 8

Yates County Board of Elections

Two seasoned village elected officials are vying for mayor of Penn Yan, and five new candidates are facing off against two incumbents for the three available village trustee seats.

Penn Yan's Village Hall
Penn Yan Village Seal

PENN YAN — Competition for offices contested in the Penn Yan Village election March 15 is heating up. According to records at the Yates County Board of Elections, which runs elections for the village, about twice the normal number of candidates for mayor or for village trustee have selected a party name and picked up petitioning forms and instructions.

Two seasoned village elected officials are vying for mayor, and five new candidates are facing off against two incumbents for the three available village trustee seats. All candidates for village elections run as independents.

Penn Yan Mayor Leigh MacKerchar
Penn Yan Village Trustee/Deputy Mayor Dan Condella

Incumbent Penn Yan village Mayor Leigh MacKerchar and incumbent village Trustee/Deputy Mayor Dan Condella are running for mayor. Both have filed independent party names and have prepared petitions to circulate among registered voters residing in the village.

Candidates for village trustee who have selected an independent party name and prepared petitions are incumbents Norman Koek and Teresa Hoban. Challengers are Bruce Gleason, Daniel Irwin, Daniel Henries Jr., Ralph Senese, and Rebecca Devine Godbee.

In order for these candidates to obtain a line on the March 15 village election ballot they must obtain at least 100 valid signatures from the over 2,900 registered voters in the village. The petitions can be circulated until the last filing date of Feb. 8.

When the candidates file their petitions, each may be challenged by representatives of other candidates. Signatures of support may be disqualified for a number of reasons, such as lack of registered status, addresses not in the village, or for having signed too many petitions. In the case of signing too many petitions, the valid signature is the one that was obtained earliest.

Voters may sign more petitions than the number of seats open, however not all signatures will count. For a mayoral petition, the valid signature is the first, and in the case of trustee petitions when there are three open seats, the valid signatures are the first three. The numbers are generated by the number of seats being elected. For mayor there is only one seat open, and for trustee there are three seats open.

Village elections in Dresden, Dundee, and Rushville are run by the villages directly.  Information on candidates and petitioning can be obtained from each village's clerk.