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Republican supervisor faces challenge

Dale French wantsto finish projects

CROWN POINT - Dale French has some unfinished business.

"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 November general election. He's served the past 14 years as Crown Point's top elected official.

French will face Democrat Bethany Kosmider this November.

Crown Point voters will go to the polls in the Sept. 15 primary election, though.

Robert Patnode, Walter Worth, incumbent Thomas Walters and Mary DeHart-Ross are vying for two Republican nominations to the town board.

Also facing a primary fight is Republican incumbent highway superintendent Eugene "Peanut" Ingleston, who is being challenged by Cory Armstrong.

Crown Point 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.

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.

During French's tenure as supervisor the town has secured $1 million in grant money for water and sewer work, improvements at the town-owned campground and boat launch, landfill closure, park renovation, weed control in Eagle Lake, housing rehabilitation, improvements at the Knapp Senior Center and other items.

But grant money is just part of the process.

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