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Douglas seeks fifth term as county chairman

Jay Supervisor and Essex County Board Chairman Randy Douglas.

Jay Supervisor and Essex County Board Chairman Randy Douglas. Photo by Daniel E. Alexander.

— If re-elected, Douglas would lead a board that will undergo its biggest facelift in years with new supervisors Bill Grinell (Ticonderoga), Shaun Gilliland (Willsboro), Ed Gardner (Essex) and Stephen McNally (Minerva) along with the return to the board of former chairman Noel Merrihew (Elizabethtown).

“I have already reached out to all the new elected supervisors and promise to help them in any way I can to make their transitions into town and county supervisors successful,” Douglas said.

Douglas said that, with each previous run, he has received the blessing of his family to continue to serve.

“I have received approval from my family my wife Peggy, Daughter Savannah and son Shane to continue if you so choose,” he said. “I am very thankful for their love and support. I am also very thankful to have the support of the Jay Elected and appointed public officials as well as the Board of Supervisors staff who daily go above and beyond to help make my job as chairman much easier.”

Douglas added he would be ready to continue to work in resolving the continued challenges facing the towns and departments of Essex County.

“Honestly the duties of Chairman has changed with these tough fiscal times and it is very time consuming, but I assure you we are up to the challenges ahead,” he said.

The board will meet in early January for its Organizational Meeting, where they will choose the 2014 chair and vice-chair.

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