Election shapes up for town seats
Caucuses for Democrats and Republicans have finished and voters will get to choose three candidates for running the town of Granville in November.
Voters will have to decide on Nov. 3 who occupies two open board seats and the town supervisor’s chair for the next two years.
Current board member Republican Mary Emery has announced she plans to oppose incumbent first-time Supervisor Democrat Rodger Hurley.
“I’ve said for more than 10 years I was going to run when John Cosey was done,” Emery said. “It’s just something I always wanted to do; I always wanted to try it to see if I could make a difference.”
Emery said she had been going to meetings of the Washington County Board of Supervisors to see how that body operates.
“I wanted to see how it was set up so that when I get to be supervisor I won’t go in there and not know what’s going on – I’m thinking positive,” Emery said.
The big issues facing Granville are high taxes and finding new businesses for the town, she said.
Hurley has been tapped by the Democrats to make a re-election bid while political newcomer Linda Ellingsworth seeks one of the empty town board seats.
“I’m running because there are very important consequences associated with the supervisor’s position, most especially gaining control of property taxes and the cost of county government,” Hurley said.
Hurley said every option should be explored for the purpose of nurturing the businesses already within the town and attracting others to come to Granville.
“Working together as a community, we can protect what has been passed down to us and hopefully build on that for the future we all seek,” he said.
Seats for the town board were vacated by longtime Councilman Gary Gutowski, who chose not to run for another term.
A second seat was left open when Emery announced she planned to challenge Hurley for supervisor. Democrats have put up Ellingsworth for a town board seat.
“Actually it’s not something I had planned on at this point in my life,” Ellingsworth said. “I’ve only been here a short time, since 2005, but I love this community. It has so much going for it.
“I have organized large groups of people before and someone asked me if I’d be interested; that’s how I became involved. The main thing — this is this is a great place to live and I want to see Granville become what it can be,” she said.
“There always the mainstays of taxes and what it costs to run town government while making sure we have the services that we need. As a taxpayer I know how painful it is,” she said. Ellingsworth said she looked forward to working with Hurley to bring new businesses into Granville.
The Granville Republican Party has put forward Ken Quick Sr. and Tom Cosey to vie for the open board seats.
The top two voter-getters between Cosey, Ellingsworth and Quick will take the seats and be sworn in Jan. 1.
Tom Cosey could not be reached for comment for this story. “I guess I’m running for town council because I love my town and its people and I want to do all that I can to make Granville a great place to live, work and play,” Cosey said. “The key issues that always seem to be in front of us are we want to attract new business into Granville…and just keeping our taxes as low as possible, we need to be as efficient as possible in the town so people have as much money as possible to spend on their living need and taking care of the everyday needs of life,” Cosey said. Ken Quick Sr. could not be reached for comment for this story.
Running unopposed for re-election as town judge will be Donald Parker.
At the County level Granville native and former Washington County District Attorney Rob Winn will face off against incumbent District Attorney Kevin Kortright.
The two will do battle for the Republican nod Sept. 15, but both candidates have secured a second party line to run on should they fail to secure the party nomination.
Winn can also run as on the Conservative Party line Kortright on the Independence Party line. Voters will see a single candidate for associate justice, appellate division of the Supreme Court, third department, incumbent Thomas Mecure.