HUNTER — Two candidates are running unopposed for two open trustee seats in the village of Hunter.
Geraldine “Geri” Marino, 43, was appointed as a village trustee in July by Alan Higgins, who was trustee before he became mayor of Hunter. Marino is running on the independent Snowbird party line to complete the last year of Higgins’ term.
Marino will focus on keeping roads up to par and “bringing life back to the village.”
“We’ve been down and out for so long. I want to bring businesses back — like back in the ’70s and ’80s, not the craziness with bars but businesses for long-term residents,” she said.
Marino is the owner of Snowbird Ski Shop in Hunter and Windham, which she opened in 1963. She named her independent party Snowbird after her business. Marino is a registered Republican.
Marino grew up in Hunter and graduated from Hunter-Tannersville High School. She’s continuing her family tradition of shattering the glass ceiling.
“My mom was the first female mayor and judge in the village, now I’m the first female trustee,” Marino said.
Benjamin Sommers, 70, of the independent party Barn Owl, is running unopposed for the second village trustee seat. Michael Tancredi, the incumbent, is retiring.
Sommers has been living in the community for 54 years. He listed his important issues as understaffing and roads, but he said he is committed to listening.
“There are some issues in town with understaffing and with roads. I have things in the back of my head after living in the community since ’64,” Sommers said. “I’m not going to make any claims or promises yet, until I get in and find out what’s going on.”
Sommers, who formerly owned Mountain Hero Sandwich Shop, named his independent party line after his graphics business Barn Owl Grafix and Framing. He has been a volunteer firefighter with the Hunter Fire Company for 40 years. Sommers is a registered Conservative.
Village residents may vote at Village Hall on March 20 from noon to 9 p.m., according to the town clerk’s office.