Incumbent Caroline Sauers and challengers Daryl Marshall and Randy Walker seek the town's top job
RICHMOND — Town of Richmond residents have three choices for town supervisor when they go to the polls on Election Day, Nov. 5.
They are incumbent Caroline Sauers, who is running on the Democrat, Conservative and Community Unity party lines; Republican and longtime town Councilman Daryl Marshall, and former town Councilman Randy Walker, an independent candidate running on the Richmond party line.
Marshall is in his 14th year on the Town Board, which included a period as deputy supervisor. He is president of D.G. Marshall Inc., a residential construction company.
“As a lifelong resident, I have a wealth of knowledge concerning the history of issues facing our community which I feel will benefit the town,” Marshall said. “I have been involved with many community organizations working to improve our community.”
If elected, Marshall will work on issues facing the community, such as the need for improvements to parks, buildings, sidewalks and highway culverts. Another top priority is maintaining the quality of lake water and condition of Honeoye Lake.
Marshall will also focus on fiscal responsibility while meeting the needs of the community.
“I am a community-minded, fiscally responsible person, always working toward the best interests of the people of the town of Richmond,” Marshall said.
Sauers owns Country Creek Apparel, a local custom embroidery business for corporate and team apparel.
Sauers believe she is the best candidate for supervisor, noting she believes in, and has been successful in, partnering with county and regional professionals.
She recently partnered with the Ontario County Planning Department to begin the Hamlet Active Transportation, which is a grant-funded program that will review the needs to improve traffic, pedestrian safety, bicycle use, street eye appeal and many other aspects of Main Street.
Sauers also partnered with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Ontario County Soil and Water Conservation District to complete streambank stabilization and other Mill Creek improvements to slow the gravel accumulation under and near the Main Street bridge and enable the town to apply for the proper permits to clean out the gravel.
“I would like to thank the many community volunteers who have served on the Main Street Study Group, the Parks and Recreation Committee, the Comprehensive Plan Committee and others who have helped move Richmond ahead over the last two years,” Sauers said, adding her future goals include stabilizing taxes and keeping Richmond an active, vibrant community.
Walker is no stranger to local politics, serving on the Town Board from 2013 to 2017, the school board from 2002 to 2007, and on various town committees and organizations.
Professionally, Walker is a carpenter, iron worker, website designer and business owner.
If elected, Walker’s priorities include implementing a multi-year financial plan to stabilize taxes, pursuing new sidewalks on Main Street and at Sandy Bottom Park, and supporting expansion of the Richmond recreation program.
He is committed to holding the line on taxes, noting he implemented multi-year plans to avoid tax hikes while on the school board and never voted for double-digit tax increases while serving on the Town Board.
“I see a real need for focused leadership in our community and know that I have the experience, skills and desire to do the job,” Walker said. “We have a beautiful, friendly town full of people with great ideas. I hope to work together to keep our taxes at a responsible rate with a multi-year plan.”