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Meet the 2013 election candidates

Editor’s note: Due to an administrate error, several local election candidates did not receive their candidate questionnaires in time for the Oct. 26 issue. The candidates who were inadvertently omitted are included, below.

The Journal does not endorse any one party, issue or individual.


John Schiener

John Schiener is running for town councilman in Sardinia. He is endorsed by the Democratic party.

The candidate has a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration and “many years of business, finance, accounting and management experience,” according to Schiener.

He served as town supervisor from 1994-1997 and worked on the Sardinia Post Office project, adding the elevator and handicap accessibility to the town hall and upholding the town’s zoning against mining interests. He has also served with the Chaffee-Sardinia Fire Company for 27 years, currently as treasurer.

“I regularly attend town board meetings and speak up on issues important to residents,” he said. “I will work hard to bring open and accountable government back to the people. I will seek public input to improve quality of life and protect property values and natural resources.”

Schiener is married and he and his wife have two children.

Ron Fraser

Ron Fraser of West Falls is running for councilman in the town of Colden. A writer, he is endorsed by the Colden Democratic Committee. He holds a master’s degree in public administration and regional planning, is the chairman of the Colden Hydrofracking Committee and a member of the town’s environmental board.

Fraser has 12 years of public management and rural planning experience, at the state and local levels of government. He has served as a commanding officer of a 100-man Coast Guard Reserve group.

The candidate said that his goals include banning high-volume hydraulic fracturing in Colden and lowering property taxes by as much as 40 percent, by shifting Medicaid costs back to New York state.

He also makes maple syrup and said he is running for councilman to “improve the quality of self-government in Colden.”

Fraser is married.

Jesse Hrycik

Jesse Hrycik is running for the position of councilman for the town of Colden. The 24-year-old is a lifetime resident of Colden and a graduate of Springville-Griffith Institute. He received an associate degree in arboriculture and a bachelor degree in forest management and industrial forest operations from Paul Smith’s College.

Hrycik was trained in geographical information systems and works for Above and Beyond Tree Company, a residential tree service and logging contractor.

As a Colden resident, Hrycik has participated in the recreation department and has led community-enhancement projects for the town.

“I would like to give back to the community and get more involved in the community actions,” the candidate said. “I feel the position of councilman will allow me to do this and be a voice for the people of Colden.”

Some issues he intends to work on are hydrofracking, rails to trails and “open and transparent government.”


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