Saranac Lake Campaign officials for Tom Catillaz (D) Oct. 9 announced that he is suspending his active campaign indefinitely for the Harrietstown supervisor race and cancelling the Oct. 16 debate at the Town Hall, which was being sponsored by Denton Publications and the Adirondack Daily Enterprise.
The statement — which was issued by email — cited a “serious family medical situation out-of-state” as the reason but did not elaborate.
When contacted by the Enterprise, Catillaz was busy at work and would not talk. When contacted by Denton Publications at press time, campaign manager and Democratic Committee Chairman Chad McCarthy was busy in a meeting and did not have time to elaborate until later.
“Tom remains confident that he is the right choice for Harrietstown supervisor,” McCarthy said in the statement. “However, his priority must now be his family. Our thoughts and prayers are with him and his family."
Though active campaigning has ceased, Catillaz will keep his name on the ballot for the Nov. 6 election. Catillaz is currently a trustee on the Saranac Lake Villlage Board. He is running against Harrietstown Councilman Bob Bevilacqua (R).