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Three challenge for two Republican slots in Town Board race

JOHNSBURG Three town residents will square off in a September primary to see who will represent the Republican party in the race for two seats on the Johnsburg Town Board.

Incumbent Town Board member Eugene Arsenault is joined in the Republican primary race by Frank Morehouse, Jr. and Jean Comstock. The three are seeking to fill terms in seats currently held by Arsenault and Sterling Goodspeed, who is seeking to succeed Bill Thomas as Johnsburg Town Supervisor.

The primary winners will represent the Republican Party in the November general election in a race that already features Ron Vanselow and Marko Schmale representing the Democratic, Conservative and newly announced Smart Growth parties.

In the first of a three-part series, Jean Comstock shares her background, views and reasons for joining the race. In subsequent installments, Arsenault and Comstock will have the same opportunity.

Comstock is 47 years old, married and has a daughter entering the 8th grade at Johnsburg Central School.

The Comstocks moved to Johnsburg from Glens Falls 13 years ago.

My family and I moved here with the thought process that it was a quiet town with a great school and neighbors that really care about each other, Comstock said. None of that has changed, just some of the things that are taking or may take place have the people of Johnsburg concerned.

Comstock said that as she went around gathering petitions, two things surprised her. First, she said she was surprised by how many individuals are not registered to vote.

So my response was I'd be happy to get you a voter registration card, or don't complain about the town if you're not willing to exercise your right to vote," Comstock said.

The second surprise was that in the areas where Comstock went for signatures, (Garnet Lake Road, Cleveland Road, Bakers Mills area) Comstock said that people told her that no other candidate has taken the time to go and talk to these people.

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