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Candidates seek GOP supervisor nomination

Robert Pell deChamesees opportunities for Ti

TICONDEROGA - Robert Pell deChame sees Ticonderoga as a land of opportunity.

"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. He is seeking the Republican nomination along with Debra Malaney and R. William Grinnell in the Sept. 15 primary. Pell de Champ will also be on the November general election ballot as a Democrat.

Incumbent Supervisor Bob Dedrick is not seeking re-election.

Also on the GOP primary ballot will be Jeffrey Cook, incumbent Robert Thatcher Sr., incumbent Steven Whitford and Jorja Sander seeking two nominations for town board.

Ticonderoga Republicans will also choose a candidate for county sheriff between incumbent Henry Hommes and Michael "Ike" Tyler and county district attorney between incumbent Julie Garcia and 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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