Catillaz jumps back into Harrietstown supervisor race

Debate with Bevilacqua set for Oct. 29 at Town Hall

Harrietstown Supervisor candidates Tom Catillaz (D) and Bob Bevilacqua (R).

Harrietstown Supervisor candidates Tom Catillaz (D) and Bob Bevilacqua (R). Photo by Andy Flynn.

— Ten days after Saranac Lake Village Trustee Tom Catillaz (D) suspended active campaigning in the town of Harrietstown supervisor race, he jumped back into the ring.

Like the Oct. 9 announcement saying he was no longer campaigning, Catillaz’s Oct. 19 announcement came in the form of an email to the media. The earlier message came from Mayor Clyde Rabideau’s email address and was from his campaign manager, Chad McCarthy. The latest email was more personalized, coming from Catillaz’s address:

“The race is back on. I have decided to get back in the race and I am very excited about it. Tom.”

On Oct. 9, Catillaz said he was suspending his active campaign indefinitely for the Harrietstown supervisor race — also cancelling the Oct. 16 debate with Republican challenger and Harrietstown Councilman Bob Bevilacqua — citing a “serious family medical situation out-of-state” as the reason, but he did not elaborate. He later told the Valley News he wished not to have the details of his family’s situation in the newspapers or on the radio.

Even after the announcement, Catillaz’s campaign signs remained intact around town and he stayed on the ballot while he took some time off to deal with the family crisis.

“Things have calmed down a little bit,” Catillaz said in an interview at the village offices before the Village Board’s Oct. 22 meeting. “They haven’t disappeared, but they have certainly calmed down. I’ve gotten my focus back, and I am very excited about this.”

Asked if there was something his family said to prompt him to get back into the race, Catillaz said, “I have the full support of everyone in my family and my peers on this board out here. They all thought it would be a good idea. They knew I needed to take a little break, but after two weeks they said, ‘You know, you need to make a decision here’ ... They didn’t have to talk to me for very long. I was thinking of it all along. For a week, I was not, and then it started to come back in as everything else settled down a little bit.”

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