Forestville leadership challenged

FORESTVILLE – With a village election fast approaching, Democrat and Republican caucuses were held recently in the village of Forestville to determine who will lead the village in coming years.

Forestville’s Republican Caucus was conducted Tuesday at the village hall. A packed house of more than 40 residents was asked for nominations for mayor for a one-year term and two trustees for two-year terms.

Linda Aures was nominated by Jennifer Kohler and seconded by Cathy Higgs. Beth Bowker, acting mayor, was nominated by Carol Woodward, a village trustee, which was seconded.

The caucus, directed by Chum Bowker, distributed ballots and counted the votes. Bowker won the nomination 25 to 17.

Four residents were nominated for the two trustee seats: Gloria Yeager, Margaret “Mindy” Borrello, Kevin Johnson and Kim Stott, an acting trustee.

Johnson and Yeager won the nominations with 32 and 19 votes, respectively, to Stott’s 18 and Borrello’s 6 votes.

“I want to thank all who voted for me and thanks for coming,” Yeager said.

Bowker said she is also excited about her nomination.

“”I am really happy. I want to get the work on the water project finished. I am working closely with the engineer and the water superintendent … I am running for a second term because I want to see this through,” she said.

Woodward said she supports Bowker because of “her tireless work for the village.”

According to deputy clerk Samantha Kozlowski, Aures, a Republican, was nominated for mayor.

Also, Margaret “Mindy” Borrello was nominated for trustee. The Democratic caucus decided to nominate only one candidate for the two available trustee seats.

Bowker served as deputy for several years before assuming the acting mayor position upon Charles Brewster’s resignation.

The mayoral seat up for election is for the one year left in Brewster’s term.

The two trustee positions are up for election due to the resignation of Justin Dix last summer, which Stott was appointed to fill until the election, and the seat vacated by Bowker in assuming the role of mayor.

The village election will be held on Tuesday, March 19.

Aures could not be reached for comment and was excused from the caucus and village board meeting that followed for a death in the family.