Board of Elections worker showed professionalism, respect for all
Clara Martin’s departure from the Board of Elections leaves a void that will be difficult to fill. As Deputy Republican Election Commissioner, Clara was a steady, professional, accommodating presence. She performed her duties with an absence of partisanship and an abundance of class. The office always ran smoothly with the exemplary cooperation that existed between her and Deputy Democratic Election Commissioner, Eileen Aina.
It would be great if someone half as apolitical as Clara was chosen to replace her.
The good news is that Martin will be taking the position of secretary to Sheriff-elect Randy Bower. As he demonstrated in his selection of Undersheriff Chris Bourke, Bower is determined to surround himself with other widely respected people.
Having two people who respect the public as much as Bourke and Martin in the Sheriff’s Office will only serve to increase the chances that Bower will be able to deliver on his commitment to serving all the people of Orleans County.
While the Board of Elections has lost an invaluable employee, the Sheriff’s Department has added yet another.