Mayoral candidates chosen

W hitehall voters will have a series of choices when they cast their ballots during the March 15 village elections.

Republican Kan Bartholomew won his party’s caucus vote over William Rathbun and will be running for mayor. The Democrats nominated Peter Telisky, a former town supervisor and village mayor, who was the only candidate to file for the position. In the past, Telisky had been registered as a Republican.

Rathbun told party officials that if he did not get the nomination, he would run as an independent candidate.

Bartholomew was elected to the board of trustees a year ago, along with Walt Sanford, a Democrat, who has one more year on his term.
Voters will also choose among three candidates for two seats on the village board of trustees.

Democratic incumbent Michael LaChapelle has filed to run for another term. Mayor Francis “Fra” Putorti and Trustee Sally Raino did not run this year.
Marge Mohn, who is active in tourism issues, is the other Democratic nominee for trustee.

The Republican candidate for trustee is Dan Welch, a former Glens Falls police officer who was recently hired by the town as its recreation director.

George Armstrong, acting chairman of the Republican Party, said it was atypical to not have a candidate for every open seat. “It is unusual,” he said. “But we advertised as much as we could and got the word out.”
Democratic Chairman Scott Martell said his party’s caucus went quickly because the party had the minimum number of candidates. “In that case, the secretary casts a single vote,” he said.

The Republicans had their caucus open for three hours for their members to choose between Bartholomew and Rathbun, who established one of the area’s maple sugar houses. Bartholomew was nominated by a 26-4 vote.

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