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Morency staying put in St. Armand

BLOOMINGDALE - St. Armand supervisor Joyce Morency easily overcame a rare challenge for her seat and will remain in office for her eighth term.

Unofficial election results compiled Nov. 3 put Morency ahead of her opponent, Thomas Jones, 361 to 184.

"I'm very, very pleased," said Morency, "and I appreciate what the people of St. Armand did for me with their support. I will do for them what they have done for me and pay them back with my hard work."

Morency has been supervisor of St. Armand since first being elected in 1981. She has served as chair of the Board of Supervisors and is one of the longest-tenured officials on that body.

She has run unopposed in most election years, but faced a challenge this year from Jones, a former school superintendent and current town board member.

Morency, having received more than 66 percent of the vote, said her reputation as a staunch conservative likely resonated with voters in St. Armand, many of whom are struggling in the current economy.

"Two to one is a wonderful margin," she said. "I do know that the Democrat party was out strong that day to support [Bill] Owens."

"We gave it everything we had," said Jones, noting his attempts to reach people door-to-door and through various forms of media.

"We are proud of the way we conducted my campaign," he added. "We had a lot of friends who bent over backward to help us, and that was a rewarding experience."

Jones, 65, said he will now focus on serving the remainder of his term on the town board and looking to enjoy his retirement.

Meanwhile, it's back to business as usual for Morency.

"St. Armand is a great place to live with great people," she said, "and I couldn't be more pleased to receive their support."

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