Elizabethtown The Town of Willsboro may be the center of the Essex County political universe in the 2013 election season.
First, the town is home to District Attorney Kristy Sprague, one of 101 candidates to file an independent petition with the Essex County Board of Elections Aug. 20.
Second, the number of people running for elected office in the town increased as four additional names were added to the Highway Superintendent ballot.
Bryon Scott Moran, who filed both an independent and Republican Party petition, will be joined in the race by Travis Crowningshield, Jason Morgan, Dean King and Daniel Koenig. Each are seeking to replace longtime department head Pete Jacques, who is not seeking re-election.
The new candidates bring the total number of people seeking votes from their fellow Willsboro residents to 19, more than doubling most other towns in the county.
In the town of Essex, Edward J. Gardner filed an independent petition to challenge incumbent Sharon Boisen for the office of supervisor. Boisen also only filed as an independent.
In Ticonderoga, Steven Whitford joined the race by filing an independent petition along with Richard Grinnell and incumbent Debra Malaney, both of whom filed Republican petitions and will face off for the official part nomination in the Sept. 10 primary. With the filing of independent petitions, the loser of the primary will still be involved in the Nov. 5 General Election.
The following is a list of candidates who have filed petitions for the 2013 election (i refers to having filed an independent petition, not party affiliation or incumbent status):
Chesterfield: Town council — Clayton Barber (Ri), Richard Klages (i), Brian LaFountain (i)
Crown Point: Supervisor — Charles Harrington (R); Town council — Sherlene Simpson-Barrows (R), Walter Worth (R); Highway Superintendent — Eugene Ingleston Jr. (R)
Elizabethtown: Supervisor — Margaret Bartley (Di), Noel Merrihew, III (Ri); Town Clerk/Tax Collector — Debra Brooks (R); Town Justice — William Garrison (Ri), Michael Doyle (Ri); Town council — Evelyn Hatch (Di), William Wright Jr. (Ri), Richard Olcott (Ri); Highway Superintendent — Michael Drew (R)