Current Councilman Kevin O'Connell is seeking re-election to a second 4-year term on the Hanover Town Board. He has gratefully accepted the endorsements of the Independence, Democratic and the Working Families parties.
According to O'Connell, "Public service is a privilege. I am honored and gratified to be the choice of such a wide spectrum of the community."
O'Connell, a WNY native born in south Buffalo, has a degree in political science from Gannon University and is a retired school teacher whose career involved both special and alternative education.
He brings a wide variety of life experiences to the table. A former small business owner, he also has a past history of community involvement in service organizations, church groups, fraternal organizations and teacher associations. He has displayed leadership roles in all these areas of involvement. O'Connell feels these experiences have provided him with the ability to achieve positive outcomes while working with a wide variety of people with special interests and to display the leadership skills necessary to tackle difficult problems.
"Our community faces many difficult challenges. Among them are property tax relief, loss of businesses, the need for appropriate development, all saddled with a decreasing population. We have two villages within our town that need our cooperation and assistance to achieve their individual goals. But the biggest challenge to any local government is how to make government accessible while balancing the size of government with the financial limitations of its taxpayers.
"Our present town board is made up of members of different political parties and divergent backgrounds. Any of the success our town board has achieved is a direct result of our teamwork and our ability to achieve consensus while respecting our divergent viewpoints. I am seeking reelection to this office because I want to continue in this process of finding solutions to the evolving problems our community faces," O'Connell said.
O'Connell also enjoys his time working at Holiday Valley Ski Resort in the winter and Tri-County Country Club in the summer. He resides in Hanford Bay with his wife, Mary Fran.