KINGSBURY -- Frederick Gage says his run for Kingsbury supervisor is not over, despite his loss in Tuesday’s Republican primary and a Washington County Board of Elections decision that knocked him off an independent ballot line.
Gage is keeping his campaign signs up and said he will work on organizing a write-in campaign for the Nov. 5 election.
“There were too many people telling me Wednesday that they wanted me to stay in the race even though I didn’t win Tuesday,” said Gage, known locally as “Rondo.” “I cannot disappoint those people. There are a lot of people in Kingsbury who want a change in the town and agree with the changes I want in the county as well.”
Although Gage has never held political office, he is well-known for his attendance at local and county meetings and holds strong opinions on a number of local political issues.
Supervisor Jim Lindsay has served four terms. He defeated Gage, 248-135, in Tuesday’s primary and will be the only candidate on the ballot. He will be on the Republican and Conservative lines.
Kingsbury’s Democrats chose not to endorse a candidate.
Gage appeared to have qualified as an independent candidate and was going to call his party line the “Kingsburian” party. He presented the board with 161 signatures, after being told be needed 149.9, based on the population.
Lindsay challenged 17 of the signatures regarding residence, voting registration or other issues, and 11 of them were rejected by both the Republican and Democratic registrars.
“I still do not understand 0.9 of a signature,” said Gage, who said he called the state Board of Elections regarding the issue and is pursuing a complaint. “It should have been 149 or 150. It doesn’t seem right to me.”
Lindsay, chairman of the county supervisors Public Safety Committee, has said in the past he is proud of his record and wants to continue with existing projects in town, including the completion of the new town highway building and the sale of the Dix Avenue drive-in property once its court case is completed.
Gage has come out against the sale of the drive-in, saying the price is too low and that many citizens do not want the apartments that Schermerhorn Residential Holdings, which is planning to buy the property, would put up on it. The town has accepted a bid of $575,000, but a Washington County judge has yet to rule on a long-standing lawsuit regarding the sale of the property.