Our editorial board made endorsements in 19 local races in the recent local elections this year. We concentrated on supervisor races and Queensbury and Glens Falls Town Board and Common Council races.
We also took a stand on the three state propositions — we urged voters to vote “yes” on all three — and the library budget.
As we’ve said before, our endorsements are done to provide our readers with one opinion after spending a short time with each candidate. We don’t expect anyone to follow us blindly, but hopefully the information we provide is added to the equation from voters’ own experiences and research.
For those keeping track at home, we endorsed 10 Republicans, eight Democrats and one member of the Green Party.
The number of Democrats we endorsed was historically high this year, but I would argue that local elections rarely have to do with any sort of political ideology and more with the quality of candidates. This year, the quality of candidates was high for both parties.
That’s good news for taxpayers.
What was even more satisfying was the high turnout in Queensbury in what turned out to be a contentious election.
Bosse leaving board
Connie Bosse joined our editorial board for her four-month term back in July. I’m pretty sure I have not seen a citizen representative who was as excited to serve as Connie.
That especially came out during our endorsement interviews this fall.
It is not unusual for a citizen representative to defer to the editor or projects editor when it comes to leading the discussion with a candidate. After all, most have no journalism training and often don’t believe they have a command of the issues. But after a couple of meetings, Connie leapt into the fray and often led the questioning of the candidates.
I sat back and concentrated on taking notes or asking follow-up questions.
She was a natural and will be missed.
Crayford takes over
Replacing Bosse on the editorial board will be Patricia Crayford of Queensbury.
Patricia described herself in her application as an “astute reader of The Post-Star“ as well as the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle and the Canandaigua Daily Messenger, where she used to live.
Crayford lived in Queensbury and Glens Falls from 1987 to 2004 before moving to Canandaigua to be near family, but she missed her friends and the region and returned.
Crayford worked at Queensbury Town Hall as a zoning administrator at one point.
She was a single mother of three children during the 1960s and had a part-time gig at the town hall in western New York doing a variety of duties.
We welcome her to the board.