T here won’t be many, if any, changes to the village’s power structure this spring.
The Republican and Democratic parties of Whitehall held their caucuses Saturday and there was only one candidate who stepped forward to challenge the incumbents.
Republican Donna Filomio will be the only fresh face in this year’s election. She will run against democratic incumbents Mike LaChapelle and Marge Mohn for one of two trustee positions.
Mayor Peter Telisky and Village Justice Julie Eagan, both democrats, will run unopposed, and barring the unforeseen, return for another term.
“It’s too bad we didn’t have more candidates come forward,” said George Armstrong, chairman of the Whitehall Republican party. “Either everyone is happy with the job they’ve been doing or don’t feel it’s worth it, which is unfortunate.”
Filomio is an artist and marketing professional who is originally from Dutchess County.
She holds a degree in art education from Columbia University and is the volunteer park coordinator for the Skenesborough Waterfront Community Park and an event planner with Atlantic Presentations LLC.
She has been tasked with planning, staging and implementing events at the park and has volunteered a number of hours cleaning and making improvements to the park during the last seven to eight months.
She plans to hold a number of special events in the park later this year.
Her opponents are both battled tested members of the board who will likely campaign on the experience they have developed during the past two years.
LaChapelle is a longtime member of the board and as water commissioner is well-versed in some of the major infrastructure issues the village is facing.
Mohn has been a member of the board since 2010. She has served as the village liaison to the Department of Public Works and has been instrumental in several beautification projects within the village. She is also a tireless advocate for the arts and local tourism.
The two candidates who receive the most votes will each serve a two year term.
Telisky has been mayor since 2010 and held a number of elected positions over the past two decades, including town supervisor. He is well versed in the operations of governments and a strong advocate for the consolidation of government resources.
Eagan, who has served as village and town justice for the last four years, has a long history of civic duty. She is a former member of the military, the Exalted Ruler of Elks Lodge 1491, and a member of the Skenesborough EMS. She is also one of Rec. Center leaders and has introduced a number of programs at the center during the past year.
Elections will be held on March 19 at the Whitehall Community Center. Look for profiles and interviews with each of the candidates in a future edition of the Whitehall Times.