Republicans, Conservatives set Harrietstown caucus dates

SARANAC LAKE – Registered Republican and Conservative party members in the town of Harrietstown will meet next week to pick their candidates for a slew of town positions that will be on the ballot in November.

Four of the five town council seats are up for a vote, those currently held by Supervisor Bob Bevilacqua and Councilmen Barry DeFuria, Ron Keough and Jim Murnane, all of whom are Republicans. Councilwoman Nichole Meyette, a Democrat, is the only town board member who’s seat isn’t on the ballot this year.

Bevilacqua is currently serving a one-year term which he was elected to following last year’s resignation of former supervisor Larry Miller. A full four-year supervisor term will be on the ballot in November.

DeFuria’s and Keough’s seats each carry four-year terms. The election for Murnane’s position will be for a two-year unexpired term. Murnane was appointed to his current seat after Bevilacqua left it to become supervisor.

Town Clerk Patricia Gillmett and Highway Superintendent Craig Donaldson are also up for re-election this year. Their seats each carry four-year terms.

A town justice position held by Howard Riley, who resigned at the end of July, will also be on the ballot. Even though he still had two years left on his term, the election will be for a four-year term, according to the Franklin County Board of Elections.

The GOP caucus will be held at 7 p.m. in the Harrietstown Town Hall. Only enrolled members of the Republican Party who live in the town of Harrietstown will e allowed to participate in the caucus, according to a copy of the caucus rules provided to the Enterprise by Harrietstown Republican Committee Chairman Joe Spadaro. Anyone seeking nomination to a town office has to submit a letter of intent to Spadaro by the start of the caucus. Nominations from the floor will not be accepted, although a town resident enrolled in the GOP can offer him or herself as a candidate for office.

The Conservative Party caucus for the same positions will be held at 8 p.m. Tuesday, also in the town hall. Only enrolled Conservatives in the town will be allowed to participate, according to a notice from caucus Chairman Allie Pelletieri that was published recently in the Enterprise.

Democrats have yet to set the date for their caucus, according to town Democratic Committee Chairman Tom Catillaz.

“I don’t believe it’s settled yet, what date, but we will be shortly,” he said.

Catillaz, a village trustee who ran against Bevilacqua for town supervisor last year, said he has no plans to run for town office again.

“We got too many things going on right in the village, and I’m enjoying that,” he said.

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