While there is still another election before the final makeup of the board will be decided, the voters in Salem Lakes sent a clear message Tuesday – the board must be replaced. Three of the four challengers, who are running together, took the top three spots in today’s primary election. Not only did they take the top three spots, but they won by a commanding margin. Kelly Sweeting, Jared Young, and Bill Barhyte, all political newcomers, took first, second, and third places respectively. Norm Kazumura, another challenger, also advances to the general election. The three incumbents received very few votes. Trustee Dan Campion will no longer be elected to the board. All other candidates will advance to the April general election.
The Village of Salem Lakes has had a dark cloud looming over it due to countless allegations of misconduct, corruption, and bad behavior. From a Village Administrator, Fire Inspector, and Fire Chief drunk on power, to allegations of trustees using their influence to personally benefit themselves, there is a lot going on that apparently motivated many taxpayers to vote, and vote they did.
Here is the breakdown:
KCE reached out to all seven candidates. None of the incumbent board members responded to our request for comment. We did hear back from four of the challengers.
“The people have spoken. It’s time for a change,” said Kelly Sweeting.
“It’s time for people to stand up for what’s right. The voters did that tonight,” said Jared Young.
“I’m grateful for everyone that came out to vote for us tonight,” said Bill Barhyte.
I’m excited that I’m in the next round. I will work extremely hard to be your next Village of Salem Lakes trustee,” said Norm Kazumura.
Village President Race
Since there are only two candidates for Salem Lakes Village President, there was no primary today. Rita Bucar, however is running on the same platform as the four trustee challengers – change is needed.
The general election is April 4, 2023.