Warrensburg Supervisor Kevin Geraghty is in an enviable position among his peers.
He is the only supervisor guaranteed to not face a challenger this November, as he is in the middle of a four-year term in office. Chester is the only other town in Warren County that has a four-year term for supervisor, and Chester Supervisor Craig Leggett said this week he plans to run for a second term.
“I’m the only one guaranteed to be back in my seat again,” he said, adding that he would probably seek another term when he is up for election in 2021.
Two members of the county Board of Supervisors, Queensbury at-Large Supervisor Matt Sokol and Glens Falls 4th Ward Supervisor William Loeb, announced earlier this year that they won’t seek re-election.
With primary elections early this year, candidates are getting word out sooner than usual as to their intentions. The earlier election calendar has resulted in candidates making their announcements sooner than in past years, and will result in them having to wander through snow and ice to get signatures on nominating petitions.
Leggett, an independent who was endorsed by Democrats, was among those who notified media in recent days, announcing that he plans to seek a second term.
“Four years ago I ran on a ‘forward thinking/fiscally conservative’ platform. The people of this town elected me on that,” he said in a prepared statement. “And that is what they got. What they also got was governance that embraces the ‘bottom up’ approach and wisely uses the ‘top down’ approach to achieve the common good.”
Bolton Supervisor Ronald Conover, a Republican who is chairman of the county Board of Supervisors, said he plans to seek a sixth term.
Lake Luzerne Supervisor Gene Merlino, also a Republican, said he plans to seek an eighth term. He said he is particularly motivated to deal with some countywide issues, including a push for a more equitable distribution of sales tax receipts. At the town level, he said he wants to a see a senior housing project to fruition.
“We’ve got some issues on the county level that I want to work on,” he said.
There will be at least one new Queensbury at-Large supervisor because of Sokol’s decision not to run, and Republican incumbents Doug Beaty is seeking a fourth term and Michael Wild and Brad Magowan both plan to seek second terms. Republican Tim McNulty has announced that he plans to run for Sokol’s position.
Queensbury Supervisor John Strough, a Democrat, announced that he plans to seek a new term as well, and has been challenged by Travis Whitehead.
In Glens Falls, four incumbents other than Loeb plan to seek new terms. Jack Diamond, Peter McDevitt and Claudia Braymer all plan to run again, while 4th Ward resident Stephen Baratta, a Democrat, has announced plans to run for Loeb’s seat. Ben Driscoll, 5th Ward Supervisor, said he is also running.
Lake George Supervisor Dennis Dickinson also plans to run to keep his seat, pointing to infrastructure and environmental projects on the Town Board’s plate.
In the north and west ends of the county, others who plan to seek re-election include:
- Stony Creek Supervisor Frank Thomas, the county board’s budget officer, a Republican who is seeking a ninth term. He pointed to town projects, including a trail connector, that he wants to see through.
- Horicon Supervisor Matt Simpson, a Republican is seeking a fourth term. “I find the work rewarding and challenging,” Simpson said.
- Johnsburg Supervisor Andrea Hogan, a Democrat is seeking a second term.
- Hague Supervisor Edna Frasier, a Republican seeking a sixth term.
- Thurman Supervisor Cynthia Hyde did not return a phone call for comment.