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Two run for Stony Creek Town Board seat

Candidate Information

John F. O’Neill

Party: Republican

Age: 26

Education: Regents diploma from Hadley-Luzerne High School; two years at BOCES vocational tech in conservation and land management; firefighter and EMT certified

Professions: Professional EMT and captain of Thurman EMS; vice president of Stony Creek volunteer fire company; former assistant captain of Warrensburgh EMS

Experience: Works with people, protocols and budgets with the fire company and EMS. Father was on Town Board.

Family: Engaged to Rebecca Vaisey

John Thomas

Party: Independent

Age: 51

Education: Hadley-Luzerne High School

Professions: Self-employed contractor, owns a campground and runs a sawmill

Experience: Been in business for himself for more than 30 years; current trustee and former first chief of the Stony Creek Fire Department; library board member; Boy Scout leader; Methodist Church board member

Family: Wife, Wendy; two sons, Justin and Brandon

— Two candidates are vying to fill an empty seat on the Stony Creek Town Board.

John Thomas and John F. O’Neill are running for a seat last held by William Liebl, who retired in June due to health issues after serving on the Stony Creek Town Board for almost two decades.

The election is for a one-year term on the board and will be subject to another election in 2013.

The candidates both said they have been involved in their communities, and have strong relationships with the people who live there. Both candidates also agreed that keeping taxes down is important.

Voting will take place Nov. 6 from 6 a.m.-9 p.m. at the Stony Creek Town Hall.

John F. O’Neill

O’Neill said that, if elected, he will bring his straightforward approach to the Town Board.

“I think the most pressing need for the town is someone who is not going to say one thing and do another,” O’Neill said. “I want to promote technology growth. I’ve been looking into technology grants and communications grants to help expand cellular service and internet service.”

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