SKANEATELES, N.Y. (NCC News)– Skaneateles resident Zack Ford has been walking nearly six miles every day campaigning to give a voice to the environment. This year, he decided that running for Onondaga County Legislator as a write-in candidate would be the best way for him to be involved.
“I’m the only one speaking up for the lake,” Ford said. “No one else is really speaking up, speaking out or protecting our environment. So I decided to come in at the last minute as a write in candidate.”
Ford originally planned on running for the mayor of Skaneateles in next year’s election. However, when the Skaneateles Lake water began having algae blooms in the summer, he decided that this year’s election was the time to take action.
“I grew up here,” Ford said. “This used to be the second cleanest lake in the nation. It’s not, and there is no plan if we lose this water.”
This Election Day will be an uphill battle for Ford. So far in Onondaga County history, no written in candidate has won an election for legislator. If Ford wins tonight, he will be the first to make history.