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Democrat hopes to unseat supervisor

Dale French seeks

eighth term in office

CROWN POINT - Dale French wants another term as Crown Point supervisor.

"There are a couple of things I want to finish up before I leave office," the Crown Point supervisor said. "I want to see our water system fixed and the refurbishing of our shoreline. There's work that needs to be done in Monitor Bay."

A Republican, French is seeking his eighth term as town supervisor in the Nov. 3 general election. He's served the past 14 years as Crown Point's top elected official.

French will face Bethany Kosmider, an independent who has been endorsed by the Democratic Party.

Crown Point voters will also elect two town board members. Incumbent Tom Walters, Robert Patnode, Mary DeHart-Ross and Steven Mildon are seeking the seats. Walters and Patnode are Republicans. DeHart-Ross and Mildon are independents.

Also on the ballot are incumbent Republican Eugene Ingleston and independent Cory Armstrong running for highway superintendent.

Incumbent Republican Carl Ross is unopposed for assessor.

Crown Point voters will also choose a county sheriff between incumbent Republican Henry Hommes and independents Michael "Ike" Tyler and Robert L. Kirby and a county district attorney between incumbent Democrat Julie Garcia and Republican Kristy Sprague.

The closure of the Lake Champlain Bridge has become a top priority for both supervisor candidates. Each has vowed to work toward re-opening the span as quickly as possible.

Improving the town water system is a priority for French.

"The water system is a big problem," he said. "Part of the system is 115 years old. It's falling apart."

French said the town is now seeking grant work for the improvements, hoping to secure federal stimulus money.

Grant money is a key to any project in Crown Point, French said, since local taxpayers can't afford major projects.

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