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Peru 2009 Election Coverage

Political experience: Incumbent, serving since 2009; Peru Zoning Board of Appeals (12 years)

Quote: "I am presently finishing up my first year as highway superintendent for Peru and we have accomplished a lot of work this summer ... In these tough economic times it is critical the department works with other town departments to help off set costs. I have always had an open door policy and will always make a decision on what is best for all of Peru and it's taxpayers."

Name: James D. Reed

Age: 52

Party: Democratic

Education: Avionic Systems Technologies, NCO Leadership Academy

Occupation: Plant manager Hydra-Fab, supervisor Lead Technician Pratt 7 Whitney; substitute teacher Plattsburgh Aeronautical Institute satellite campuses CV-Tec; U.S. Air Force (1975-1995)

Organizations: St. Augustine's Church, St. Augustine's School Board, NYSSRA

Political experience: None

Quote: "I believe I can save the taxpayers money in this time of need by working within the budget. I intend to evaluate the conditions and safety of the roads by prioritizing and taking the necessary corrective actions as needed. I want to make the highway department more cost efficient by doing more vehicle maintenance in-house rather than outsourcing the maintenance to other garages. This will result in stretching the budget further and will enable us to pave more roads."

Peru Town Justice (Vote for Two)

Name: John H. Lawliss

Age: Not provided

Party: Republican

Education: Mount Assumption Institute

Occupation: Retired U.S. Navy, New York State Police, Clinton County Sheriff, former private investigative

Organizations: None provided

Political experience: Incumbent, serving since 2006

Quote: "I believe that the position of town justice is very important in town government and I have the background, education, life experiences, temperament and desire to continue to serve my community in that position for the next four years."

Name: James P. Kirby

Age: 53

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