GOP makes county endorsements

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 27 April 2017 at 11:22 pm

Skip Draper picked to succeed David Callard, Kim DeFrank for treasurer

ALBION – The Orleans County Republican Committee met this evening to endorse candidates for county elected office, including successors for two long-time officials  who are retiring – County Legislator David Callard and Treasurer Susan Heard.

Skip Draper

Callard represents a countywide position for a legislator who lives in western Orleans. The Republican Committee endorsed Skip Draper, the Shelby town supervisor to take Callard has been a county legislator for nearly 24 years and is the current chairman of the seven-member Legislature.

The five other Republican incumbents were all endorsed for new two-year terms, including Lynne Johnson of Lyndonville (District that includes Yates, Ridgeway and portion of Shelby), Bill Eick of Shelby (District that includes most of Shelby, and Barre and Clarendon), John DeFillipps of Clarendon (countywide position from east end), Ken DeRoller of Kendall (District that includes Murray, Kendall and Carlton) and Don Allport of Gaines (countywide position from central Orleans.)

Allport was challenged by Bilal Huzair of Carlton for the Republican nomination.

Kim DeFrank

The Republicans opted again not to run a candidate, the lone Democrat on the Legislature. Miller represents a district that includes Albion and Gaines.

The GOP Committee endorsed Kim DeFrank of Murray for a four-year term as a county treasurer. She is the current deputy treasurer. She is seeking to succeed Susan Heard, who is retiring after 24 years as county treasurer. Heard has worked in the Treasurer’s Office for 40 years, starting when she was 18 on a summer work program.

DeFrank has worked in the office for 23 years, starting from the bottom like Heard and working her way up.

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