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Warren County election contests determined as deadline passes

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— In Johnsburg, Town Supervisor Ron Vanselow (Dem., Cons.) is being challenged by Curtis C. Richards, who filed his independent petitions Aug. 14. For Johnsburg Town Clerk, present Deputy Town Clerk Jo Ann Smith (Rep., Ind.) is facing opposition from Sharalee Falzerano (Dem., Ind.), a proprietor of Goose Pond Inn.

For two seats on the Johnsburg town board, Republicans Katharine Nightingale and Arnold Stevens are being challenged by Robert Nessle (Ind.).

For Johnsburg Town Justice, there’s a three-way race between incumbent Vincent Schiavone (Rep.), Howard E. Tucker Sr. (Rep.) and James W. Baker, who submitted his independent petitions Aug. 13.

In Queensbury, it’s a political free-for-all, where there’s a nine-way race for four at-large seats on the Warren County Board of Supervisors. Competing are incumbents David J. Strainer (Dem., Cons.), Matthew Sokol (Rep.), Mark Westcott (Rep., Cons., Ind.), Bill Mason (Dem., Cons.), challenged by present Queensbury Town Supervisor Ron Montesi (Rep.,Ind.), W. Dean Boecher (Dem.), William Brown (Dem., Cons.), Rachel Seeber (Rep., Ind.), and Douglas N. Beaty (Rep., Ind.).

Also vying for posts on the county Board of Supervisors — Glens Falls Ward 4 seat — are: incumbent William A. Loeb (Dem., Workers, Ind.), challenged by James Brock (Rep., Cons, Indpc.).

For the position of Queensbury Town Supervisor, John Strough (Dem., Cons.) is unopposed.

For Queensbury Town board, Brian Clements (Rep., Cons., Indpc.) and Harrison Freer (Dem.) are seeking the open Ward 2 seat. For the open Ward 3 post, former board member Douglas K. Irish (Rep., Cons., Indpc.) is challenged by Richard F. Garrand Jr. (Dem.). For the Ward 4 seat, competing are incumbent Tim Brewer (Rep., Indpc.) challenged by former at-large county supervisor William

Van Ness (Rep.) and Jennifer Switzer (Dem.), who serves as the chief financial officer of EDC Warren County.

In Thurman, Town Supervisor Evelyn Wood (Rep., Dem., Cons. Indpc.) is challenged by former town supervisor John Haskell (Rep., Ind.) whose ability to assume office, if elected, has not yet been settled. Haskell was removed from his supervisor post after his 2008 conviction for Defrauding the Government, a felony. Wood has contended that Haskell is unable to hold office because of that conviction, and she has said she would challenge his ability to do so, if necessary. Legal experts are divided on the issue.

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