Tuesday, August 4, 2009

North Greenbush Dems pick a slate

NORTH GREENBUSH — The town’s Democratic committee has announced the candidates it is endorsing for November’s election, though all town Democrats will have the final say in a caucus vote later this month.
Committee members chose Josephine Ashworth for supervisor. She is a former adjunct professor at numerous universities and most recently a co-founder and partner at the Center for Organizational Energy, a business seminar organization. She will face incumbent Mark Evers, who is endorsed by the Republicans.
Democrats picked former Councilman and Supervisor Richard Fennelly and former Town Clerk Patricia Noel for the two open council seats, currently held by Alan Michaels, who is not running again, and Ernest Kern, who is not endorsed by either major party. Republicans are putting up Kelly Hoffman and Joe Bott for those seats.
Incumbent Highway Supervisor Mark Premo received the Democratic nod and appears to be running unopposed in November. Janice Liberty, a former deputy clerk in town court and secretary in Troy City Court, was chosen for town clerk. Democrats chose to endorse her over incumbent Kathryn Connolly.
Connolly is a lifelong Democrat who has held her position for 18 years and recently accepted the Republican nomination. Town Democrats have said they would not endorse anyone running on the GOP line for fear of denying voters a choice at the ballot box.
Also on the Democratic list are former town attorney Josh Sabo and longtime incumbent Raymond Elliott III for town justice. Republicans tapped Stephanie Piel, appointed to that judgeship in May, and Kathryn Dell for those positions.
“We are excited to endorse a professional management team for town government that offers experience in both the private and public sector,” said Democratic Chairman Dan Ashley in a statement.

— Dave Canfield


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