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Ticonderoga to elect new supervisor

Robert Pell deChame on Democrat line

TICONDEROGA - Robert Pell deChame has high hopes for Ticonderoga.

"I realize the opportunities and assets we have in Ticonderoga," Pell deChame said. "What we need is a dialogue that emerges with a clear consensus, a vision of our future. Once we have that consensus we can build our community."

Pell deChame, nicknamed "Chooch," is running for Ticonderoga supervisor as a Democrat in the Nov. 3 general election. He's opposed by Republican Debra Malaney.

Incumbent Supervisor Bob Dedrick is not seeking re-election.

Also on the Nov. 3 general election ballot in Ticonderoga will be a battle for two town board seats. Republicans Jeffrey Cook and Steven Whitford are running along with independent Robert Thatcher. Whitford and Thatcher are incumbents.

Ticonderoga 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.

Pell deChame's family has deep roots in Ticonderoga. They arrived here in 1816 and his great-grandparents rebuilt and opened Fort Ticonderoga in 1908.

He attended St. Mary's School before earning a degree from Fordham University. He lived in New York City, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C., before returning to Ti.

Pell deChame spent the past five years on the board of the National Hopeline Network, a suicide prevention group, where Chairman Pope Simmons credits him with reorganizing the network and securing its financial future.

In Ticonderoga he has been been active with the Montcalm Street Partnership along with the Ticonderoga Festival Guild, Kiwanis and Fort Ticonderoga Association.

"I have been working on various projects in Ticonderoga, especially the past eight years as Bob Dedrick has worked so hard build a foundation to rebuild the economy of downtown Ti," Pell deChame said. "I know Ticonderoga certainly has the brainpower and will power to be successful."

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