Two candidates, who each has experience in Cary village government, are vying for village president as current Village President Tom Kierna chose not to seek another term.
Mark Kownick, 53, is the owner and president of a Cary-based building maintenance company. Kownick served as a trustee for two years after he was appointed in 2009 to fill a vacant seat left after Trustee Steve Adams died shortly after he was re-elected.
Kownick has lived in Cary for more than 20 years and has been active on youth athletic boards and as a coach, as well as with the Cary-Grove Chamber of Commerce and Sts. Peter and Paul Church.
Bruce Kaplan, 63, a Realtor, has lived in Cary for 37 years and also has a long history of involvement in the community, including through the Cary-Grove Chamber of Commerce, youth sports, the Cary Economic Development Committee, and the Cary Grove Jaycees.
Kaplan is a current trustee who won election in April 2011 along with a slate of candidates who defeated three incumbents, including Kownick.
Kownick hopes to attract diverse businesses, including retail, to Cary and streamline the process. Despite losing his trustee seat, Kownick has continued to attend village board meetings and kept abreast of municipal matters.
We have some concerns about the extent of Kaplan’s business relationships within Cary as a Realtor and that he could face conflict-of-interest difficulties that could be complicated if he were village president.
We endorse Kownick.