Challenger for Trustee drops out; incumbents likely to return to office

T he election of village officials will be held Tuesday but voters will find the ballot offers little intrigue.

Tuesday’s ballot will feature five names for four positions but one of those candidates has already dropped out of the race and is asking voters not to select her name on Election Day.

Donna Filomio, who received the Republican nomination to run for one of two village trustee positions and was the only challenger for any position to emerge during this election season, made the decision last week to drop out of the race because of medical concerns.

She said she was concerned that the stress of the job would have a negative effect on her health if she were to be elected.

Filomio said she tried to contact the Washington County Board of Elections to have her name removed from the ballots but the request came after they were printed.

Her decision to remove her name from consideration ensures that incumbents Mike LaChapelle and Marjorie Mohn, both Democrats, will return to office.

It also guarantees that the current village board will have at least one more year together, barring the emergence of a write-in candidate for one of the positions.

Peter Telisky, also a Democrat, is running unopposed for a second term as village mayor.

Telisky, a substitute teacher, has been mayor since 2010 and held a number of elected positions over the past two decades, including village trustee, village supervisor, town supervisor, chairman of the Washington County Board of Supervisors, and a previous stint as village mayor.

With more than two decades of experience in public service, he is well versed in the operations of governments and an advocate for the consolidation of government resources.

LaChapelle, a former employee of General Electric in Rutland, Vt., 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.

He is also active in the community, especially youth sports, serving as an instructor of the Whitehall Tae Kwon Do Association and a linesman at Whitehall football games.

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 the executive director of the Washington County Tourism Association, a member of the board of directors of the Arts and Recreation Commission of Whitehall and the Whitehall Library. She is also the owner of the Times Emporium on North Williams Street.

All three positions—mayor and two village trustees—are two year terms.

Tuesday’s ballot also includes Village Justice Julie Eagan.

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 first sergeant in the Army, the Exalted Ruler of Elks Lodge 1491, and a member of the Skenesborough EMS. She is also one of the Rec. Center leaders.

Polling will be held from noon to 9 p.m. in the Whitehall Municipal Center (the former Skenesborough Firehouse) on Skenesborough Drive.

 

 

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