Malaney get GOP supervisor nod in Ti

TICONDEROGA - Debra Malaney will appear on the Republican ticket for Ticonderoga supervisor this fall.

Malaney won the GOP primary Sept. 15 with 198 votes.

R. William Grinnell received 173 votes and is eliminated from the race. He did not file an independent petition to get a place on the November ballot.

Robert Pell deChame received 171 votes, but will remain on the November ballot on the Democrat line.

"I'm pleased, very pleased," Malaney said. "I'm going to continue going to committee meetings and learning as much as I can while preparing for November. There is still a lot of work to do. I'm happy so many people turned out for a primary."

deChame said he is looking forward to the November general election.

"I've learned a lot through the (primary) process," deChame said. "It's time to put on my other hat (Democrat)."

Bob Dedrick, a four-term incumbent Republican, is not seeking re-election as supervisor.

Republicans selected retired police chief Jeff Cook (405 votes) and incumbent Steve Whitford (282) as their nominees for Ti town board. Incumbent Robert Thatcher got 209 votes and Jorja Sanders 75.

Malaney boasts a long history of community service.

A graduate of Ticonderoga High School, Malaney worked 15 years in sales and marketing in the Albany area before returning to her hometown in 1990. She operated Aidan's Lair gift shop until taking a marketing position at Fort Ticonderoga in 1995. She became Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce executive director in 2001 and remained there until taking a marketing job with the Best Western in 2007. She is presently working on a business degree at North Country Community College.

She was elected and served as a Ticonderoga town board member 2002-2005 and has sat on the Ticonderoga Economic Development Committee, the Ticonderoga Montcalm Street Partnership, Essex County Quality Destination Committee, the Lake Champlain Regional Marketing Committee and many other boards and panels.

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