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Revitalize Springville party announces candidates

SPRINGVILLE — Revitalize Springville has endorsed Samantha Skura and Robert Moriarty for Springville Village Trustee.

Revitalize Springville’s stated mission is to create a bustling downtown through partnership, grant programs and tax abatements for rehabilitation projects. Its platform includes better evaluation of key village staff and having conversations with the community about their long-term vision.

“Springville has a great potential to make pedestrian-friendly, ‘complete streets,’ with community wayfinding, linkage of green spaces and the development of parks. We believe there should be equitable and consistent enforcement of code for abandoned or historic properties.

“We want to develop a sustainability plan for long-term viability that includes green initiatives and the use of our municipal utility system to launch innovative energy efficiency measures. We recognize Springville’s position as a community destination and want to create better government cooperation with business, civic and cultural organizations to enhance this,” stated a press release from the party.

Samantha Skura has lived all over the country, as the child of a military family. Her husband, Luke, comes from a long-time Springville family. She moved to Springville in 2012, after graduating from Roberts Wesleyan College.

Skura is a certified elementary and special education teacher. She is currently working on her master’s degree and is employed at a Main Street retail business. She volunteers with the Springville First United Methodist Church.

The Skuras live in the heart of Springville and Samantha Skura said she loves the ability to walk to a restaurant, the movies or the theater. She said that she intends to “provide the leadership needed to help our community thrive,” and “will bring a fresh perspective, collaborative spirit and the energy needed to move our community forward.”

Rob Moriarty and his wife, Julie, have made Springville home since 1998. Moriarty earned a bachelor’s of business administration in finance from St. Bonaventure University in 1993. His background in business management led Moriarty to a career in restaurant management. Beginning as a restaurant manager in 1995, he is currently the area director for Denny’s Restaurants, and oversees the daily operation of a territory that stretches from Fredonia to Geneva, N.Y.

The Moriartys have five children. Hannah and Becca are students at Springville Middle School and Lexi and Robert are students at Springville Elementary School. Moriarty has also coached soccer in the Springville Youth Inc. spring league, for the past two years.

When they first moved to Springville, Moriarty said the realtor described the area as “up and coming, with something always in the works.”

The candidate said he is interested in helping that growth continue, as a member of the village board of trustees. Having owned his own business for a short time, he said he has an appreciation and understanding of the difficulties facing small business owners, and he would like to do what he can to assist with supporting a thriving business district.

He added that he “recognizes that village trustee is truly a position of trust and faith, and he would do his best to honor that commitment if given the opportunity to represent the residents of Springville.”

Petitions to run for the open village trustee and mayor seats are due to the village office on Feb. 11. The election will be on March 18.

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