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Village of Penn Yan to hold election March 15

The Village of Penn Yan will hold elections on March 15, 2022 with more candidates than usual in the running for mayor and village trustee.

Usually, the race for mayor goes uncontested, but not this year. Incumbent Mayor Leigh MacKerchar will go up against Trustee/Deputy Mayor Dan Condella, according to The Chronicle Express.

Notably, MacKerchar campaigned for the village to “opt-out” of cannabis sales during his time as mayor. Condella, on the other hand, voted to “opt-in” on retail cannabis sales in a recent decision along with the majority of trustees.

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Incumbent candidates for the three village trustee seats are Norman Koek and Teresa Hoban. Their challengers are Bruce Gleason, Ralph Senese, Rebecca Devine Godbee, Daniel Irwin, and Daniel Henries Jr. Godbee and Henries are the only two candidates who expressly support the village opting-in to allow cannabis sales. Senese saying he in concerned only about zoning and the location of marijuana retail businesses.