Political season kickoff set at Shandaken caucus July 16
By Jay Braman Jr.
Several town-level positions will be contested in Shandaken elections this fall. While there has been much speculation about who will be running, or not running, all interested candidates are expected to make their intentions known at the political caucuses this summer.
These are the favorite events for political watchers. They are the events where the town’s political parties decide which candidates to endorse and place on the November ballot. All candidates interested in running will have an opportunity to make their case to the party’s rank and file, who will vote right then and there to decide who gets endorsed.
The Republicans are the first to caucus on Thursday, July 16 setting the event for 6:30 p.m. in the Glenbrook Park pavilion.
While only enrolled Republicans can vote the caucus is open to the public and remains the best opportunity to hear firsthand how potential candidates view the state of the town and what their respective campaign platforms are.
This year races will be held for town supervisor (a two-year term), two town council seats (four-year terms), superintendent of highways ( a two-year term), two town justice seats (four- year terms) one tax assessor to complete the four-year term of Democrat Assessor Rose Rotella, who resigned this year after only a few months in office and another tax assessor position currently held by Democrat Lynn Davidson.
Anything can happen at a caucus. As long as an enrolled party member nominates someone for endorsement and another enrolled party member seconds that request, the person nominated comes under consideration. Expect the Phoenicia sewer issue, Crossroads Ventures development plan for the Highmount area and economic development strategies to top the list of issues under discussion.
So far, expressing interest for the Republican nod for supervisor is seated councilman Rob Stanley, whose first four-year term ends this year. Jack Jordan, a Republican who ran unsuccessfully for town council two years ago, is expected to give it another go this time around.
Phoenicia resident Patricia Ellison, a Democrat, has expressed interest in running for town council as well, but so far appears interested in crossing party lines to get a Republican endorsement.
On Tuesday Ellison said that some members of the Republican leadership had asked her to consider the run.