Tuesday, August 4, 2009
Democrats Vote For Town Slate
The North Greenbush Democratic Committee endorsed their slate of town candidates last night at a meeting held at the American Legion.
The slate is led by Josephine Ashworth who will be part of what Democrats call a "Professional Management Team" for town government. Mrs. Ashworth will be the party standard bearer for the office of Supervisor and has already received the endorsement of the Working Families Party and is expected to be the candidate of the powerful Greenbush Party which led all parties in total line votes in the 2007 election.
Joining Ashworth are town council candidates Patricia Noel, a former town clerk and Richard Fennelly, a former councilman and supervisor. Democrats also endorsed Janice Liberty for town clerk in the only contested vote of the evening. Kathryn Connolly, the incumbent Town Clerk accepted the Republican endorsement this month and as a result, the Democratic Committee, after telling her in her endorsement interview of the unanimous vote of the committee not to endorse anyone who accepted the Republican line in order to ensure voter choice, endorsed Ms. Liberty as their choice for town clerk.
Despite having voted for the resolution not to endorse anyone who also accepted the Republican line, Doreen Connolly and Kyran Devery voted for Connolly. They were the only votes for Connolly in what must be described as a lopsided weighted vote of 2007 to 326 for Jann Liberty.
Rounding out the ticket are Raymond Elliott and Joshua Sabo for town justice. Elliott is a top voter getter and incumbent in this office and Sabo has extensive trial experience as well as service as the town attorney. Also previously endorsed is the town's top vote getter, Mark Premo who is seeking re-election as Highway Superintendent.
Democratic Chairman Dan Ashley expects a caucus battle later this month as Connolly is expected to try to win the Democratic endorsement, despite the lack of support from the committee. So who needs an election when you can schedule a coronation instead, right?
We'll have more on the candidates and the election picture in the days ahead.
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