By MORGAN FRISCH
Recorder News Staff
Now that the deadline to file petitions with the Montgomery County Board of Elections has passed, it appears there will be few contested races this fall, giving incumbents a better shot at holding their posts.
Board of Elections Democratic Commissioner Terry Bieniek said objections are due by Monday and so far four have been filed, including two general objections in the city of Amsterdam and one each in the town of Root and Palatine.
There are 69 seats up for elections this year with 79 candidate petitions filed as of the deadline Thursday evening. The last day to file independent petitions is Aug. 22. Primary elections are Sept. 12 and the general election is Nov. 7.
“It seems that this time around there is a lot of candidates for highway superintendent,” Bieniek said.
Bieniek speculated that many people have the background to suit a highway superintendent position in Montgomery County, which could be why there are so many contested races.
In the town of Florida, three people are vying for the highway superintendent position.
Incumbent William Weller has filed petition to hold his spot on the Democratic and Highway Party lines. Steven E. Anderson has filed as a candidate on the Conservative and Democratic lines, while Keith A. Rackowski has filed as a Republican candidate.
As well, Eric M. Mead is looking to maintain his post as town supervisor and has filed his petition as a Republican candidate. Emily Staley is also looking to maintain her position and has filed as a Republican seeking the town clerk/ tax collector position in November. Lisa Jablonski, a Republican candidate, has filed to run for town assessor. Harold Alikonis and Guy Robataille are both seeking re-election as councilmen and have filed petitions as Republican candidates.
There are two seats and three contenders seeking to fill the town justice position. Incumbents Stephen M. Brown and Louis P. Carleo have both filed petitions on the Republican party line. Thomas W. Foster has also filed a petition for the seat, but on the Democratic party line.
Brown said Friday he thinks it’s a great opportunity to work in the town. If reelected, this would be his third-term.
“I believe in the justice system,” he said.
Carleo and Foster could not be reached for comment.
Town of Amsterdam
Two council member seats are up in the next election. Incumbent, David Thibodeau, has filed a petition to run on the Conservative and Republican Party lines.
Newcomer Deborah Tessiero has filed to run on the Democratic Party line.
“I’ve never been a candidate before or have held an elected position, but I’m not a novice when it comes to town of Amsterdam government,” Tessiero said. “As many know, my husband Bart was a councilman in the town for 22 years so we used to eat, sleep and breathe town government, so I learned a lot from him in those years.”
Tessiero said she’s recently retired from her position as deputy town clerk. She feels she has a lot of knowledge and town government experience to carry out the duty of town council person.
“The town of Amsterdam has always prided itself for many years for having no town tax and I’m going to explore new ideas to gain new revenues for the town so that the no town tax can continue,” Tessiero said.
Thomas DiMezza has filed on the Conservative and Republican lines to maintain his position as town supervisor. He is running uncontested.
Bart Tesserio filed on the Democratic line for the highway superintendent position, which he currently holds. Alyce Banewicz has filed to run for assessor on the Republican Party line and Kim Smith’s petition was submitted to run for tax collector on the Conservative and Republican lines.
Linda Bartone-Hughes has filed her petition on the Democratic party line to maintain her seat as town clerk. Robert Arthurs and Herbert D. Menge, Democrats, have filed petitions for town justice. There are two seats open.
Town of Glen
John Thomas, a Democratic candidate, has filed a petition to seek the town supervisor position this fall. Lawrence Coddington, the current supervisor, is not seeking reelection.
Kirk M. Field and Thomas J. Murray Jr. have both filed petitions on the Republican Party line to be re-elected to their councilmember positions. Dennis J. Mihuka has filed as a Democratic candidate to be re-elected to the highway superintendent position. Town clerk and tax collector Roxanne Douglass has filed her petition to run for re-election on the Republican line. Dawn M. Thomas has filed to run as a Democratic candidate for the town justice position.
Town of Mohawk
Supervisor Edward Bishop has filed on the Conservative and Republican Party lines to seek another term.
Two council members have filed petitions to run for re-election. Matthew Paton filed on the Republican line and Janet Tyler filed on the Democratic and People’s Voice party lines.
Highway Superintendent William D. Holvig has filed petition to run for re-election on the Conservative and Republican Party lines. Town clerk/ tax collector Kim M. Sullivan has also filed to maintain her post on the Conservative and Republican Party lines.
The other petitions filed for elected offices in towns across Montgomery County include:
TOWN CANAJOHARIE — Councilmember: William Armistead (Republican) and Rodney Young (Republican), are running for two open seats. Highway Superintendent: Timothy R. Jones (Republican). Town Supervisor: Pete Vroman (Republican). Town Clerk/ Tax Collector: Laurie Vroman (Republican).
TOWN OF CHARLESTON — Councilmember: Ellen E. McHale (Democratic) and Charles R. McMullen (Democratic), are running for two open seats. Highway Superintendent: Robert Rhinehardt (Conservative and Republican). Town Supervisor: Robert Sullivan (Conservative and Democratic). Town Clerk/Tax Collector: Diane C. Ferguson (Republican).
TOWN OF MINDEN — Councilmember: Stephen R. Heiser (Conservative, Republican) and Tom Yager (Conservative, Republican), are running for two open seats. Highway Superintendent: Scott Crewell (Conservative, Republican). Town Supervisor: Cheryl A. Reese (Conservative, Republican). Town Clerk/ Tax Collector: Janet Trumbull
TOWN OF PALATINE — Councilmember: Shawn Cotton (Republican), Betty Jean Sanders (Conservative, Independence, Republican) and Niel A. Yerdon (Republican), are running for two open seats. Highway Superintendent: Logan A. Arthur (Republican). Town Supervisor: Bill MacLauchlin (Republican) and incumbent Sara K. Niccoli (Democratic). Town Clerk/ Tax Collector: Linda E. Logan (Republican). Town Justice: Ronald J. Dygert (Republican).
TOWN OF ROOT — Councilmember: Dominic Cuomo (Republican) and LuEmma K. Quackenbush (Democratic), are running for two open seats. Highway Superintendent: Donald A. Abbatiello (Republican), Donald W. Oeser (Conservative, Democratic) and Peter W. Rebokis (Republican). Town Supervisor: Gary A. Kamp (Republican). Town Clerk/ Tax Collector: Sherrie Laurel Eriksen (Republican).
TOWN OF ST. JOHNSVILLE — Councilmember: Ronald R. Millington (Republican). There are two open seats. Highway Superintendent: Maynard Baker (Republican) and Darin R. Battisti (Democratic). Town Supervisor: Dominick Stagliano (Conservative, Democratic). Town Clerk/Tax Collector: Lynn M. Stever (Democratic). Town Justice: Bruce R. Dye (Republican).
MONTGOMERY COUNTY: County Coroner District 1: Joseph M. Riley III (Conservative, Democratic). County Coroner District 2: Susan L. Quackenbush (Democratic). County Executive: Matthew L. Ossenfort (Conservative, Republican).