2009 Essex County Election Coverage

Robert Kirby

Age: 51

Party: Independent (Sheriff Party)

Education: University of Tampa, B.S. in Business Management.

Occupation: Retired police officer, former college instructor, former business owner, former Town Justice

Organizations: Volunteer EMT and rescue captain with Wilmington Fire Rescue

Political Experience: Wilmington Town Justice

Quote: "Over the past four years, I've watched the size of our Sheriff's Office grow, but without commensurate benefit to taxpayers. The new jail was built three times larger than our actual need in order to board federal prisoners, supposedly to generate enough revenue to make the jail cheaper to operate. Instead, costs are escalating, draining resources away from the other services our county needs that the sheriff should be providing."

"To fix this, we must either increase revenue from boarding or cut the expenses of doing so. I'd first try to raise the boarding rate, but if we can't, I'd ask the state to reduce the number of prisoners they let us house, so as to reduce the number of staff required to run the jail."

St. Armand Supervisor

Joyce Morency

Party: Republican

Occupation: Supervisor, Town of St. Armand

No other information provided

Thomas Jones

Age: 64

Party: Democrat and ADK Pride

Education: SUNY Plattsburgh, B.A. in Elementary Education 1972, M.S. in Administration 1986, Principal certification 1995, District Administrator certification 1995

Occupation: School Superintendent, retired 2000

Organizations: Schroon Lake Lions Club 1998-2000, Essex County Democratic Committee

Political Experience: Town of Saranac Assessor 1981-1989, Saranac Central School Board of Education 1983-1988, Town of St. Armand Councilman since 2007.

Quote: "As supervisor, I will provide open, accessible, transparent governance. One way to accomplish this is to promote fair employment practices. To make the government more transparent, St. Armand needs its own website that could post the minutes in a more expedient manner, advertise all meetings, promote community activities and advertise the more than 42 local businesses within the town limits. I also would build a strict budget and adhere to that budget. Finally, we need to enhance Adirondack pride by improving more community buildings in a cost efficient manner."

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