Final primary tallies released

Purdue said she would prosecute drug offenders to the fullest extent of the law to keep drug access in the county down. She'll also work with schools and other youth-oriented organizations to educate kids on the dangers of substance abuse.

The Johnsburg town supervisor race tightened up a little, with Charles Martin winning the Republican nomination by a two-to-one vote count over Tim Record.

Martin is upset by the maintenance of town grounds and buildings, and said at a meet the candidates event before primary night of the overgrown state of the cemeteries, “If the town board and supervisors don't have respect for the dead in this town, how can they respect the living?”

Running for two open seats on Johnsburg's town board will be Pete Olesheski and Gene Arsenault, who edged out Roger Mosher and Frank Morehouse for the Republican line. Mosher will still appear on the We the People party line.

Olesheski is a lifelong Johnsburg native who graduated high school in North Creek. He's dissatisfied with the decisions the town board has made recently and doesn't think board members get enough community feedback before making decisions that impact everyone.

He said that if people couldn't be encouraged to come to board meetings, then he'd go into the hamlets and meet people on their terms to find out how they feel.

Arsenault is a current board member who agrees with Olesheski that meeting with community members when he's out and about is an important part of his job, but citizens participation is needed, too.

The government won't function unless the people hold it accountable and push their representatives to meet their expectations, said Arsenault. 

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