Voters will elect town leaders on Tuesday

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 4 November 2013 at 12:00 am

At least two towns – Albion and Kendall – will elect new town supervisors

Voters will go to the polls on Tuesday to elect town officials in an election that promises to change the makeup of some local Town Boards.

Two towns, Albion and Kendall, have town supervisors that aren’t seeking election, which means those towns will have a new chief executive officer. In Barre, incumbent Mark Chamberlain, R, also faces a challenge for town supervisor from Cyndy Van Lie Shout, D.

The polls are open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Here is a list of the local town races:

Albion – Town Supervisor Dennis Stirk, D, is not seeking re-election for another two-year term. He is the only Democrat who currently serves as a town supervisor in Orleans County.

Stirk is backing the Deputy Town Supervisor Jake Olles, who is endorsed by the Democratic Party. He also is running under the independent “No Bull” party. He is running against Town Councilman Matt Passarell, who has the Republican and Conservative party lines for town supervisor.

The Town Board will have two new councilmen because neither incumbent, Tim Neilans or Passarell, is seeking re-election for that position. Todd Sargent has the Democratic and Republican lines. Richard Remley has the Republican line while Justin Sheehan has the Democratic line. Voters will elect two of the three to four-year terms.

In Barre, Chamberlain versus Van Lie Shout tops the races. Residents also will pick among three candidates for town justice. Alan Jones is retiring. The following want to succeed him: Rick Root, a Democrat; Richard DeCarlo Jr., Republican and Independence parties; and Sean Pogue, a Conservative.

Three candidates – Joe Grabowski, a Democrat, and Republicans Tom McCabe and Lynn Hll – are also running for two Town Council positions.

In Carlton, four candidates are vying for two Town Board seats, including Bilal Huzair, D, C; Douglas Hart, D; and incumbents Joyce Harris, R; and James Shoemaker, R.

In a rematch of the Republican primary for highway superintendent, incumbent David Krull is running under the Independence Party. He lost a close GOP primary to Paul Snook Sr., who has the Republican and Conservative Party lines.

Town Clerk Pam Rush also appears to be unopposed, but Lea Olles is mounting a write-in campaign. Olles lost to Rush in the Republican Primary in September.

Town Justice Kevin Hurley, a Republican, is unopposed.

It’s a quiet election for town offices in Clarendon. The Republican team is unopposed. Dick Moy is seeking re-election to town supervisor while Paul Nicosia and Marc Major are running for four-year terms on the Town Board.

In Gaines, a there is a three-way race for two Town Board seats. Republican incumbents Jim Kirby and Sue Smith face a challenge from John Leggat, who is endorsed by the Democratic Party. Smith also has the Conservative line.

Town Supervisor Carol Culhane is unopposed for re-election. She has the GOP and Conservative lines.

Town Clerk Jean Klatt, R, is unopposed for re-election and Bruce Schmidt, the town justice, is unopposed. He has the Republican, Democratic and Conservative lines.

In Kendall, two candidates are running for a town justice race that pits Stephen Cliff, a Democrat, against Debra Drennan, a Republican.

The other positions on the Town Board appear to be unopposed. Town Supervisor Dan Gaesser isn’t seeking re-election. The Republican Committeee endorsed Anthony Cammarata for town supervisor. Gaesser is helping to lead a write-in campaign to have Councilman Bart Joseph elected town supervisor.

Two other Republicans for Town Board, Bruce Newell and Patrick Snook, Jr., also appear to be unopposed, but two write-in candidates, David Balka and David Gaudioso, are mounting an effort to be elected.

Town Clerk Amy Richardson, R, and Highway Superintendent Warren Kruger, R, are both unopposed.

The Republican team of incumbents is unopposed in Murray. The slate includes John Morris for town supervisor, Kathleen Case and Paul Hendel for Town Board, Cynthia Oliver for town clerk, Ed Morgan for highway superintendent and Gary Passarell for town justice.

In Ridgeway there is a rematch of the GOP primary for highway superintendent. Incumbent Mark Goheen, Republican and Independence, held off challenger Raymond Wendling in the primary. But Wendling is back as a candidate for the Conservative Party and the independent Ridgeway Peoples Party.

The other Republican candidates are unopposed including David Stalker and Jeffrey Toussaint for Town Board, Barbara Klatt for town clerk, and Lawrence Sanderson for town justice.

In Shelby, three Republican candidates are unopposed, including Merle “Skip” Draper for town supervisor and Steve Seitz Jr. and William Bacon for the Town Board.

In Yates, three candidates are running for two positions as town councilmen. Paul Lauricella Jr., a member of the Conservative Party, is running against Republicans James Whipple and Bradley Bentley.

Two other Republicans – Town Supervisor John Belson and Town Justice Donald Grabowski – are both unopposed.