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Democrats name candidates for town seats

— The Town of Mooers Democratic Party has named its slate of candidates for town positions that will be on the ballot this November.

During the party’s Aug. 24 caucus, four candidates were chosen to run for offices that will be up for grabs. Chosen were Cory Ross for town supervisor, Michael Willette and Alfred “Alfie” Ladue for two councilman positions, and Joshua Willette for town justice.

Cory Ross, owner of Ross Funeral Home, threw his hat into the ring for supervisor after learning current supervisor Rudolph H. Miller Jr. wasn’t nominated for another term by his fellow Republicans and that a political newcomer, Justin Sample, was given the nod.

Ross said he understands running a town is much like running a business, and that having run his own business for the past 18 years, he can bring that experience to the position.

“I have a strong background in business ... I care about the town I live in and I’ll watch people’s tax dollars and how they’re spent. I’ll make sure money’s not wasted,” he said.

Ross said he’d like to continue to build on the fiscally-sound state of the town and will continue to listen to the issues of the residents, if elected.

“I’ll be in the office every day and very accessible,” said Ross. “It’s important to be there and make yourself available. If there’s an issue going on in the town, I’d want someone to bring it to my attention to see what I can do about it.”

One such issue is the town’s current codes and zoning regulations, which have been argued by some to be written in a way that hinders economic growth.

“What I keep hearing most about is zoning,” said Ross, who said he would look more into the matter, if elected. “I’ll be there to address issues like that as they come. The important thing is to keep moving forward.”

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