Nolan to face Stanley in Shandaken Supervisor race
By Jay Braman Jr.
It’s official. Election season has begun in Shandaken.
The Republicans have chosen the following candidates.
Supervisor Rob Stanley, now in the last few months of his first term, was not challenged in his bid to seek a second term.
Another incumbent, Conservative Vince Bernstein, was granted the Republican endorsement.
And now there is a new face on the political front. Al Higley, who owns the controversial farm stand in Mount Tremper, has thrown his hat into the ring and will run for a council seat on the Republican ticket.
Long-time Town Clerk Laurilyn Frasier once again has Republican backing to seek another term, and this time around the GOP has cross endorsed incumbent Highway Superintendent Eric Hofmeister, who has run successfully on the Democratic Party line to get elected.
The Democrats, who caucused one week after the Republicans, came up with their own batch of candidates, despite efforts by Republicans who showed up trying to get cross endorsements.
Running against Stanley for supervisor will be Dr. Kathy Nolan. A former zoning board of appeals member, Nolan is currently employed by Catskill Mountainkeeper as director of the High Peaks Region, the territory within the Blue Line of the Catskills Park, which consists of 700,000 acres of land in Delaware, Greene, Sullivan, and Ulster counties.
For town council, the Democrats have chosen Michael Koegel, the owner of Mama’s Boy Market on Main Street in Phoenicia. For the other town council spot the Democrats have endorsed Peter DiSclafani, a former town supervisor that was defeated by Stanley two years ago.
Challenging Frasier for the town clerk’s position will be local entrepreneur Joyce Grant.
The Democrats again endorsed Hofmeister for highway superintendent.
Also on the ballot this November will be incumbent tax assessors Heidi Clark and Carol Seitz. Both have been cross endorsed by Republicans and Democrats. Like Hofmeister, at this point in the political season, both are running unopposed, but it remains unclear what will happen with the town’s Conservative Party, which has yet to hold its caucus.
In the race for county legislator, Republican Jack Jordan faces Democrat John Parete.
Jordan is a Pine Hill resident who is currently a member of the Shandaken Town Board.
Parete, from the Town of Olive, owns the Boiceville Inn and is the former chairman of the Ulster County Democratic Party.