John Casey and David Sauter seek spots on Canandaigua City Council

CANANDAIGUA – Two people with experience in municipal government in Canandaigua are running for two positions on the city council.

Republicans John Casey and David Sauter are running to fill unexpired terms for two council seats.

Typically, a term on city council lasts four years; both are running for one-year terms this year and will run again next year for full terms. Board members are expected to earn $5,532 in 2023.

Republican Jared Simpson had one year left on his council term before winning the election last November for the position of city supervisor. Board member Karen DeMay was named to the board in his place and serves at the end of this year, but is not running for re-election. The late Councilman Gary Davis, who died earlier in the year, also had a year left in his term. His seat was not filled.

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Casey served on the city’s zoning appeals board for seven years and is currently chair of the city’s ordinance committee. Now retired, he worked nearly 35 years in the private sector, including about 25 years at the senior management level in the construction industry.

Casey has been paraplegic since an accident in 2013 and uses a wheelchair.


“It took me a few years after that accident to relearn how to live again,” Casey said. “Once I clear this hurdle, I will seek to broaden my horizons and give back through political endeavors.”

Sauter has worked in the pharmaceutical industry since 1979. He and his wife, Dr. Margaret Hollister, a retired pediatrician, operate a farm. He has served on the city’s trails, parks and recreation committees and currently sits on its affordable housing committee.

Sauter said he knows how the city works, which is going in such a good direction.


“I would just like to keep that momentum going,” Sauter said. “I hope to get this idea of ​​the people of the city of Canandaigua and represent them as they want to be represented.”

Lake Canandaigua, quality of life issues

Clean water is a big deal for Sauter, as is the continued protection of Lake Canandaigua. He would like to explore strategies that can be put in place to protect against blue-green algae blooms in the lake.

As a cyclist who reported riding between 3,000 and 5,000 miles a year, he would like to work with the City of Canandaigua and other towns in the county on plans to create dedicated bike lanes on the roads to make the community more accessible.

“I think there’s a health benefit and an environmental benefit,” Sauter said.

Casey, too, said he recognizes the importance of protecting the lake and fought very hard on the Ordinances Committee to pass a Scenic View Ordinance. Preserving Canandaigua’s quality of life and agricultural nature is also particularly important now, he said.

Because Canandaigua is one of the few areas in the state that continues to experience growth, Casey said his business background lends itself very well to helping manage that growth in a way that benefits the community — and not just in the city.

“Working collaboratively will benefit the entire community, not just one entity, city or town,” Casey said. “What’s good for the city is good for the city in most cases, I believe.”

How to Vote in Ontario County

Early voting in Ontario County begins Saturday, October 29 and continues through Sunday, November 6 at three locations: Board of Elections Office, 74 Ontario Street, Canandaigua; Victor City Hall, 85 E. Main St., Victor; and Central Office of the Geneva Housing Authority, 41, rue Lewis, Geneva.

The general election is Tuesday, November 8.

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