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Oswego's new leader pledges to put residents' interests first

Oswego voters elected Troy Parlier to a four-year term as village president in balloting Tuesday.

The final, unofficial vote count showed Parlier with 2,244 votes, incumbent Village President Gail Johnson with 2,014 and Joe West, a village board member, with 881 votes.

Parlier, who is a teacher at Thompson Junior High School in Oswego, ran as a Republican candidate.

Johnson was seeking re-election to a second term as village president.

In the race for three village trustee seats, Parlier's running mates and fellow Republicans Brian Thomas, Terry Olson and James Marter all won seats on the board.

Incumbents coming up short in the balloting were Karin McCarthy-Lange and Ryan Kauffman.

Final, unofficial vote totals in the board race showed Thomas with 2,184; Olson, 2,127; Marter, 2,039; McCarthy-Lange 1,869; Dominick Cirone 1,292; Kauffman, 1,622; Amir Ghaemi, 1,045; Shawn Beaudette, 751; and Kit Kuhrt, 1,096.

Like Parlier, Thomas, Olson and Marter will serve four-year terms.

In a statement issued Tuesday night, Parlier thanked the Oswego community for their support, and pledged to, "Prioritize our greatest asset, the people of Oswego."

"We will think of their needs today, and balance that with the community's needs of the future," he said. "We will make decisions that are fiscally responsible, and make sure the burdens of new development are not carried by our friends and neighbors alone. We will seek partners that wish to invest in this community and all it has to offer.

"I can't thank you enough for the kindness and goodwill that you displayed to me as I met you in the grocery store, the gym, your home, my home, or on the street corner. So many of our conversations and your stories kept me focused on the job at hand; to be responsive to you, our friends and neighbors in Oswego."

Parlier added, "I want to thank my family for supporting me through this entire process and even before. I also have the best group of friends that kept me balanced, focused, and energized. The volunteers were incredible...It was an incredible network of people with an enormous amount of talent that came together for one goal - to bring change to Oswego and lead us forward, putting our best asset first - the great people of our community."

Parlier also thanked Johnson and West, and praised their work in the community.

"I want to thank both Gail Johnson and Joe West for serving our community for these past years. They have both put their lives on hold to represent us, and we are indebted to them for their service." Parlier said.

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