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Local News Archive - 2002-2007


Ilion 2007 School Board/Budget Election...

Information from The Observer Dispatch

Six people ran for three school board seats in the Ilion Central School District in Tuesday's election. The two highest vote getters will serve five-year terms. The person who receives the third-most votes will serve a two-year term. The district's proposed budget is $21,987,654 with a tax-levy increase of 3.79 percent. The voting took place from noon to 8 p.m. in the Junior-Senior High School cafeteria.

The Budget passed 428 [yes] - 155 [no] and Board Seat Winners were: Deanna Stubley (365), Steve Coupe (341) - Incumbent, and Vince Durant (329)- Incumbent. Runners-up were James Vitale (281), Cynthia Bennett(181) and Don Laible (170).

Candidiates were:

  • Cynthia Bennett - Challenger - Age: 44 - Occupation: Account consultant. - Family: Single mother with three children. - Experience: Has worked in negotiating, purchasing and labor relations with Chicago Pneumatic; had fiscal responsibilities with the Savings Bank of Utica; and been involved with health insurance negotiations.

  • Steve Coupe - Incumbent - Age: 40. - Occupation: General manager of Harley Davidson of Utica. - Family: Married with two children. - Experience: Ilion School Board member since 1997; Herkimer BOCES audit committee member; involvement with Oneida-Herkimer-Madison BOCES and the MVCC Foundation; former Mohawk Valley Chamber of Commerce board of directors member.

  • Vince Durant - Incumbent - Age: 68 - Occupation: Dur-a-form owner; semi-retired. - Family: Married with five children. - Experience: Current school board vice president; school board liaison to district technology committee and Ilion Central School Foundation; involved with EXCEL building project.

  • Don Laible - Challenger - Age: 48. Occupation: Customer service at Bassett Healthcare in Herkimer. Family: Married with two children. - Experience: Has worked in media, health care, entertainment; ran for village trustee and county legislator.

  • Deanna Stubley - Challenger Age: 43 Occupation: Bank manager of Adirondack Bank in Ilion Family: Married with two children Experience: A homeroom parent and classroom volunteer for 10 years; reading tutor for America Reads program; involvement with Valley United Way and previously with Ilion water and utility boards.

  • James Vitale - Challenger - Age: 37 - Occupation: Mohawk Valley Community College professor - Family: Married, four children - Experience: Said experience as a college professor has given him insight into what students need to be successful at a college level; member of a parent committee that has worked with high-school officials on planning security measures through EXCEL funding.



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