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Parties to Face Off in Village Election

BALLSTON SPA – Democrats are running a full slate of challengers in the village election on March 21.

That represents something of a break from recent years, when Democrats have often allowed Republican candidates, such as Mayor John Romano, to run opposed. But this year Democrats are running candidates for every office up for election, which are for two trustees — members of the Village Board — and one justice.

Ballston Spa Village Board/Ballston Journal

Ballston Spa Village Board/Ballston Journal

The Democratic candidates for trustee are Noah Shaw and Shawn Raymond, and for justice Erika Tebbens. The Republican candidates opposing them include incumbent Trustee Ron Henry and incumbent Justice Michael Morrissey. The other Republican trustee candidate is Bruce Couture, who is resigning from his seat on the Milton Town Board so that he can run in the village. Courtney Mancini, a current Republican village trustee, is not seeking re-election.

Couture attended Monday’s Village Board meeting and said afterward that he has long been active in the village, serving on the Zoning Board and as a volunteer sports coach. He works for the New York State Assembly Republican Conference.

Henry said he, too, has been involved in sports and school programs. An account manager for General Mills, he said the “biggest issues” facing the village are how to replace aging infrastructure and equipment — he hopes through grants as they are identified and become available.

Shaw is an attorney working as general counsel for the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority. He has stressed issues such as cleaning up polluted sites and “increased transparency” in government.

Raymond, a traffic engineer, ran unsuccessfully for trustee two years ago in the “Village Party.” His 2015 campaign focused on “smart growth” and opposition to the Walmart store then proposed just across the village line in the town of Ballston.

Polls will be open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. for the March 21 election. Residents of Election District 1, which is south of the Kayaderosseras Creek, will vote at Eagle-Matt Lee Fire Co. Election District 2, north of the creek, will vote at Union Fire Co.

At the board meeting Monday, a resolution was passed authorizing a new Dunkin’ Donuts restaurant to be hooked up to the village water system. Romano said later the restaurant will be built near Hannaford in the town of Milton.

The village will hold its 21st annual winter Festival this Saturday Feb. 18, with sledding on Bath Street hill from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and indoor children’s activities at the Elks Lodge on Hamilton Street and Milton Avenue. Several streets will be closed to traffic.

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Reporter Bob Conner has worked 21 years in various positions at the Gazette of Schenectady, and before that four years as a reporter at the Glens Falls Post-Star. He won two first-place writing awards from the New York Associated Press Association for newspapers with circulation between 50,000 and 250,000. Bob has a Phi Beta Kappa bachelor’s degree in journalism from New York University, and an associate’s degree in chemical dependency counseling from HVCC. He is a published author and is currently writing a historical novel about the last four months in the life of Ulysses S.Grant

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