Debate scheduled between Warrensburg candidates

WARRENSBURG - A debate between candidates for elected town positions - believed to be the first of its kind locally for 22 years - is set for 7 p.m. Wednesday Oct. 28 in the Warrensburg Elementary School gymnasium.

Two candidates for the town supervisor post will no doubt be exchanging verbal jabs, while the three candidates for two town board positions are likely to be participating.

Local officials said all five were planning to attend.

The contentious race for supervisor is between two seasoned candidates - former Town Supervisor and funeral home owner Maynard D. Baker challenging Incumbent Town Supervisor Kevin Geraghty, long-time town board member and officer of the local fire company.

For Warrensburg Town Board, former town Planning Board member and chair Bryan Rounds is challenging incumbent trustees John Alexander, a funeral home owner, and Joseph Barlow, an insurance executive.

In the recent Primary election, Baker received more votes than Geraghty to win the Republican label on the ballot, and Alexander and Rounds led the race for the town board seats.

Geraghty and Barlow will be represented on the Independence Party and Conservative Party lines on the ballot.

The debate is likely to be lively, because Baker, Geraghty, Rounds, Alexander are all known to be outspoken and strong-willed.

They also have vast differences in their style, if not the substance of their candidacies - all contend they support lower taxes and small government.

Baker has contended that Geraghty has been extravagant with taxpayers' money. But Geraghty's supporters refute this, pointing to the fact that Gareaghty has, as county budget officer, made some of the largest budget cuts in Warren County history, as well as working to keep taxes low on the home front.

Maynard made his mark during his reign as a property-rights advocate, conducting demonstrations against land grabs by state agencies.

Geraghty has made his mark primarily in the past year by leading the charge to cut about $4.4 million dollars from the county budget, and eliminating dozens of government jobs.

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