Several Essex County towns feature heated board races

ELIZABETHTOWN - Citizens throughout New York State will be heading to the polls for elections on Nov. 6. All registered voters of Essex County will see incumbent Joseph Provoncha (R) on the ballot for county clerk, running unopposed. Local races feature: Chesterfield:
A three-way race for town board is the highlight of the local races in the town of Chesterfield. Incumbent Russell L. Blaise (R,I), Joseph W. Kusalonis (D, I) and Michael J. LeClair (R) are all seeking one of the two available seats. Town supervisor Gerald H. Morrow (D, I), town clerk Lynn A. Jarvis (R), Superintendent of Highways Philip W. Pray (R, I) and tax collector Bruce L. Bourgeois, Jr. (D) are all running unopposed for re-election. Elizabethtown:
Elizabethtown residents will see both incumbent Noel H. Merrihew, III (R, I) and current town board member Joseph E. Martin (D, I) vying for supervisor on the ballot. Incumbents Michael J. McGinn (R) and Philip G. Hutchins (R, I) and newcomer Margaret S. Bartley (D, I) are all seeking election to the town board, which has two open seats. Superintendent of Highways Dennis L. Aubin (R, I) is running unopposed for re-election. Essex:
There are no contested races in the town of Essex. Supervisor Ronald E. Jackson (R, I) is running unopposed for re-election, Audrey J. Hoskins (R, I) is running unopposed for town clerk, and James Z. Morgan, Jr. is running unopposed for Superintendent of Highways. Incumbents Mark A. Wrisley (R) and Stephen A. Sayward, Jr. (R) are both seeking re-election to the town board, and Grace I. Drummond (R, I) and David H. Sayre are seeking to serve as assessors. Jay:
Voters in the town of Jay will have five choices for two town councilman's seats. Incumbent Gerald E. Hall (R, I) is seeking re-election, while Daniel D. Vincent (D), Henry D. Lowther (D), Thomas L. McDonald (R) and John J. Sheldrake (I) are also seeking election. Daniel M. Deyoe (R, I) is running unopposed for town justice. Keene:
In Keene, three people are seeking election to the town board, including incumbents Marcy Neville (D, I) and Lawrence R. Jaques (R) and challenger Naj M. Wikoff (I). Town supervisor William B. Ferebee (R, I) is unopposed for re-election, and Kent T. Wells (R) is unopposed as town justice. William M. Washburn (R) and Donna A. Combs (I) are running unopposed for two assessor positions. Keene voters will also see a proposition on the ballot to abolish the current board of assessor system and replace it with a sole appointed assessor. Lewis:
In Lewis, Republican David H. Blades in the sole candidate on the ballot for town supervisor, although incumbent candidate Anthony Glebus is conducting a write-in campaign. Town justice James P. Pulsifer is running unopposed as a Republican. There is one contested race for town councilman, where three candidates are seeking election for two board seats. Charles H. Martin (D) is running for re-election, while newcomers Francis E. Drake (D, I) and Stephen Denton, Jr. (R) are also seeking election. Westport:
There are no contested races in the town of Westport.Supervisor Daniel W. Connell (D,I) is seeking re-election, town clerk/tax collector Brenda McCooey (D, I) is running unopposed, William J. LaHendro (R, I) is running unopposed for town justice, and incumbent councilmen Edward E. Smith (R) and Michael Ike Tyler (R, I) are seeking re-election. Willsboro:
Willsboro voters will have a choice between two supervisor candidates, Lori L. Torrance (R) and Robert A. Ashline (I). Town clerk/tax collector Beverly P. Moran (R, I) is running unopposed for re-election, as is Superintendent of Highways Peter A. Jacques (R, I). Four candidates are seeking election to the town board, including incumbents Darren R. Darrah (R) and Spencer R. Stafford, Sr. (R, I), and challengers Steven K. Benway (D, I) and Ronald C. Bruno (I). Wilmington:
Incumbent Jeanne Ashworth (D) will face challenger Randy Preston (I) for the Wilmington supervisor's seat. Town Clerk Gerald C. Bruce, Assessor Alphonso Smith and Justice Robert Kirby are unopposed for re-election. There are three open seats on the town board, with incumbent Stephen J. Corvelli (R,I) and Darrin A. Forbes (R,I) running for full terms, and Rarilee Conway (D, I) running for a two-year unexpired term.

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