Four to vie for town justice

There will be a four-person race for Whitehall Town Justice this fall.

Virginia Rivette and Robert Putorti Jr. received the Democratic endorsement for this November’s townwide elections.

They will oppose Republicans Ken Bartholomew and Tom Nichols for two open spots on the bench.

Rivette and Putorti were chosen during their party’s caucus on Saturday.

Scott Martel and Robert Carswell were chosen by the Democrats to run for two open seats on town council.

“I think we have some good candidates that want to help out their community,” said Martel, who serves as the party’s chairman.

The Democrats did not put forth a candidate for supervisor meaning Republican incumbent George Armstrong is virtually ensured of a second term in office, barring the emergence of write-in candidate.

Armstrong said Monday that while the lack of an opponent isn’t necessarily good for the democratic process, he is pleased to be running unopposed.

The race for justice features an intriguing slate of candidates and should be competitive.

Three of the candidates have held elected office and the fourth has held a position appointed by town officials.

Rivette is employed by the state department of correction and has been a member of the Whitehall Board of Education for three terms. She currently serves as the board’s president and was previously vice president.

Putorti is a town employee (highway department) and has previously served as animal control officer.

Bartholomew is a village trustee who has ran for justice on two previous occasions and worked for more than a year in the village courts under the late Richard “Geezer” Gordon.

Nichols currently serves as village and town justice alongside Julie Eagan and as such is an experienced candidate.

Eagan, a Democrat, was elected to a second term as village justice in March, but has said she will not seek another term as town justice.

Although Bartholomew and Rivette both hold office, neither of those positions would exclude them from simultaneously serving as justice.

Martel, business manager for Plumbers and Steamfitters Local 773 in Glens Falls, and Carswell, who works at American Legion Post 83, will be opposed by John Rozell and incumbent David Hollister, whose term expires at the end of the year.

Current town council member Richard LaChapelle will not seek reelection meaning the board will feature at least one new member next year.
The positions of town council and town justice are four-year terms.

Townwide elections will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 5.

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