Three Fayetteville residents have thrown their hat in the ring to fill Tom Miller's remaining term as Fayetteville village justice. Tom Miller was elected to the Onondaga County Court last year, leaving three years of his four-year term to be filled by the winner of a special election to be held March 19.
Fayetteville Village Clerk Lorie Corsette said Feb. 5 is the first day people can file an “independent nominating petition for office to be filled at the general village election.”
“The last day to file is Tuesday, Feb 12,” Corsette said.
Chris Danaher, Jim Hughes and Kristin Palazzoli announced their intentions to run for the position.
“I was pleased and humbled when the village of Fayetteville offered me the opportunity last spring to serve as acting justice,” Danaher said. “This position provided me unique and invaluable experience in all facets of our criminal and civil judiciary systems. In addition, in this position … I was provided the opportunity to work closely with Judge Tom Miller and was able to learn so much from him. I am truly honored and privileged to then have been appointed by the mayor and village trustees to be the Justice of our village replacing Judge Miller as he moves onto his much deserved new role as our County Court Judge.”
“Making the decision to run in this election was a big and difficult decision for me and my family,” he said. “I am the father of four busy children and being actively involved in their lives, and consequently the lives of their friends, is extremely important to me. I think it's crucial that I be a role model for the kids, whether I'm on the bench, in the courtroom, coaching a team or just being a presence when my children are entertaining at our home.”