SARATOGA -- Election Day is going to be a touch more complicated in the village of Schuylerville this year.
Unlike village voters in Washington and Warren counties, where there are many politicians running unopposed, this Saratoga County village has six candidates for three positions.
In addition, a current trustee who has switched party lines is running for mayor, and if he wins March 19 he would be able to appoint a new member of the board for two years.
Mayor John Sherman, who is in his eighth year as mayor and is seeking a third four-year term, heads the Republican ticket with Trustee Jim Miers and newcomer Andrew Jennings.
The other three candidates, two of whom ran as Republicans in the past, have received the Democratic endorsement and are also running together on an independent line called the Vision for the Village party. The mayoral candidate is Charlie Sherman — no relation to the mayor — who has two years left on his seat on the board of trustees. He has chosen instead to head the Vision for the Village ticket. If he wins, he will appoint a two-year trustee. If he loses in his bid for mayor, he will still be a trustee.
The other two Democratic/Vision for the Village candidates are Paul Flanders Jr., who had been a Republican in the past, and Democrat Daniel Carpenter.
In a press release, Charlie Sherman, the challenger for mayor, said he and his colleagues have a “simple enough” vision for the village.
“Our vision is threefold. We want to run a lean, efficient and transparent village government ... launch an active program to promote the commercial tax base ... and aggressively develop regional awareness of Schuylerville’s sleeping resources, the riverfront, access to historic sites, our gorgeous rural character, location, location, location.”
Sherman also said his team would “flatly reject the ax-grinding, negative politics that has dragged down the public debate in the village, which continually blocks the path to progress.”
Mayor John Sherman took a different tack and pointed to what he characterized as very successful eight years in office.
“There is a lot happening in the village, and I want to stay in until it’s through,” he said of choosing to run for a third term.
“I am a 24/7 mayor, and I have good relationships with other governments,” the mayor said. “We’ve been very successful in the last eight years. We were able to get 41 housing grants, plus an additional $300,000 on top of that. There is enough money left for six or seven more houses. We have also received grants for the storm sewer and additional funding to help downstreet businesses fix up the fronts of their buildings.”
The mayor also said he wants to follow through on the state-mandated $13 million storm-water plant, which is in the final planning stages and will be used to keep storm water out of the village’s sewer system.
Mayor Sherman said he watched what happened as the challenge developed.
“The Democratic caucus was first, and they got the spots there,” he said. “The Republicans went the other way.”
“This is what happens in a small village,” the mayor added, then referenced his mayoral opponent. “He thinks he can do better.”
No matter what the outcome of the election is, the fifth member of the 2013-2015 Village Board will be incumbent Robert Petralia, who has two years left on his term.