CROWN POINT - Bethany Kosmider scored a political upset, making history in the process Nov. 3.
Kosmider topped incumbent Crown Point Supervisor Dale French, 354-308.
The win makes Kosmider the first woman supervisor in town history and the first Democrat in memory. "I feel great," Kosmider said after her election. "I'm pleased the people of Crown Point are interested in making new things happen. I'm so appreciative of everyone."
Kosmider campaigned promising change from the seven-term Republican French. Her key issue is increasing public participation in local government.
Crown Point voters also elected two members to the town board.
Robert Patnode received 428 votes and Tom Walters 346 to earn those seats. Both are Republicans. Walters is an incumbent.
Steve Mildon got 215 votes and Mary DeHart 38 in their failed town board bids.
Eugene "Peanut" Ingleston was re-elected highway superintendent with 394 votes. He is a Republican. Challenger Cody Armstrong got 249 votes.
Carl Ross, running unopposed, was re-elected assessor with 382 votes. He is a Republican.
Kosmider promised to work with French to ensure a smooth transition of town government.
French had debated whether to seek re-election, finally deciding to place his name on the ballot but not actively campaigning.
"It's 20 pounds off my shoulders," French said after the votes were counted. "I wasn't going to run, then I did, but I didn't campaign.
"I feel I gave a lot to the town; I can move on," he said. "I'm not defined by the job."
Kosmider said the first step to greater community involvement is greater access to local government. She plans to create a citizens advisory committee to assist the town board. She also wants town meetings televised on local cable TV, wants to develop a town website and promises an open dialogue during town board meetings.
A native of Crown Point, Kosmider is a graduate of Crown Point Central School and Kaplan College. She has been a contributing writer to local newspapers and formerly served as office manager for Bernie Sanders when he was Vermont's congressman. She is the bookkeeper for her family contracting business.