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FORT ANN — Town Supervisor Richard Moore said he won’t seek re-election this November.

“It’s time for me to spend more time in retirement,” he said Wednesday.

Moore, a Republican, has been the supervisor for the past four years. Prior to his town service, he was president of the Fort Ann school board.

As town supervisor, he worked on many issues involving the Hadlock Park District, the formerly abandoned Brown’s Cemetery, a proposed park for Battle Hill and development with local businesses.

A resident of Fort Ann for 15 years, Moore said he plans to do some more traveling once he finishes out his second term.

Samuel Hall, a current Town Board member and interim chairman of the town’s Republican Committee, said Thursday he will be running for supervisor. Hall has been on the board for the past 1 1/2 years and served as the director of Veterans Services for Washington County for 14 years.

He’s also a retired lieutenant colonel with the U.S. Army National Guard. He’s been a member of various nonprofit boards and has had a front-row seat to what the town supervisor role means because his wife, Gayle Hall, was supervisor for four years.

Samuel Hall said Moore has done a great job as supervisor, but since he wasn’t running again, he decided to give the job a go.

“I can say I think the town is moving in the right direction,” Hall said. “I’m not running to make drastic changes or because I’m opposed to anything. I just think I have the experience to carry out some of the policies, procedures we’ve implemented and take a look at some things.”

He has not heard if any other local Republicans plan to run for the seat. Hall said the Republican Committee hasn’t endorsed anyone at this time, as petitions are still being signed.

Two board member seats will also be up in the November election, as well as the town tax collector and justice. Republican incumbents Gretchen Stark and Denny Fletcher have both indicated to the town Republican Committee that they plan to seek re-election.

It was unclear Thursday if any Democrats would offer challengers for the positions.

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Reporter Gwendolyn Craig can be reached at (518) 742-3238 or Follow her on Twitter @gwendolynnn1.


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