Stanley unopposed in Shandaken

By Jay Braman Jr.
There will be no race for town supervisor in Shandaken this year.
At the town’s Democratic Party caucus Monday night at Glenbrook Park, Supervisor Rob Stanley, a Republican, had no challengers in his bid for Democratic support and was therefore handed that endorsement with one resounding “aye” vote by the 30 or more Democrats in attendance.
“Rob, you’re our candidate,” said party chairman Nick Alba.

While that means a non-campaigning free ride to a third two-year term for Stanley, there will be a full-blown race for the two town board seats up for grabs.
Democrats also cast unanimous votes for Faye Storms and Tim Malloy to run for those two seats, which are both four-year terms.

Storms told the caucus that she is now at a point in her life where she can serve the town in a positive and meaningful way, and borrowed a line from former President Bill Clinton while speaking about the past divisiveness Shandaken has become known for. “For too long we’ve been told about “us” and “them.” Each and every election we see a new slate of arguments and ads telling us that “they” are the problem, not “us.” But there can be no “them” in Shandaken. There’s only us.”
Malloy tickled the caucus funny bone with remarks about his four-year stint in Navy on an aircraft carrier “that was twice the size of this town.”

On a more serious note, Malloy, who already did a full, four-year term as councilman until deciding not to run again two years ago, reminded all about his ability to work with the entire town board at that time. He expects to be able to do it again if elected.
Malloy and Storms will face off against Republicans Jack Jordan, an incumbent with one term under his belt, and political newcomer Frank Stapleton.
In other races, incumbent Peter DiModica, a Democrat, was tapped to run again. He is being challenged by Republican Ken Herdman.
Highway Superintendent Eric Hofmeister, who has both Republican and Democratic endorsements, will still face a challenge this November from Keith Johnson, who will run on an independent line after failing to best Hofmeister at either caucus.
Town Justices Mike Miranda and Tom Crucet will both run unopposed.