Tupper Conservatives back same candidates as GOP

TUPPER LAKE – The Conservative Party here will support the same eight candidates the local Republican Party backed for seats on the town and village boards this November.

The ones running for town board seats are Patricia Littlefield for supervisor and Mike Dechene, Don Dew Jr. and Eric Shaheen. Those running for village seats are Mayor Paul Maroun, trustees Rick Donah and Leon LeBlanc, and justice candidate Chris Delair.

The deadline to get on the ballot was Aug. 20.

In the town, Supervisor Roger Amell’s seat is expiring, along with Councilman Jerry Fletcher and Councilwoman Kathleen Lefebvre’s seats. Each carries a four-year term. Amell, a Democrat, will seek re-election. The two remaining years of ex-Councilman David Tomberlin’s unexpired four-year term are also up for grabs, and Lefebvre, also a Democrat, will seek that post. Fletcher is not running for re-election.

Tomberlin resigned earlier this summer, citing a conflict with expanding his business. Former state Adirondack Park Agency employee and Tupper Lake school board member John Quinn, a Democrat, who was selected by the board to take Tomberlin’s place until November’s election, is seeking a four-year council seat next go-around. Sabrina Sabre-Shipman is also seeking a four-year seat.

Shaheen will face off against Lefebvre for the two-year seat.

Littlefield will challenge Amell for his supervisor seat, which carries a four-year term. Shaheen will run for the two-year unexpired term, and Dew and Dechene will run against Quinn and Sabre-Shipman for the two four-year-term seats.

Speaking at Monday night’s caucus, Dew cited economic development as one of his priorities.

“One of things I think is important is to keep the taxes down, and I think one of the ways we can do that is through a strong economic development program, which will also expand the tax base,” Dew said.

Littlefield reminded the Conservatives that they supported her two years ago when she successfully ran for town council. She also spoke for Dechene, who she said was unable to attend the caucus.

“I’m sure he would agree that we’re all here for the same reason,” Littlefield said. “Economic development and fiscal responsibility are first and foremost in helping Tupper Lake grow and prosper because we desperately need to do that, and I think everyone knows that here.”

In the village, Maroun’s seat, which carries a two-year term, is expiring. Maroun is a Republican who was also endorsed by the Democratic caucus, and is running unopposed this election. He, too, reminded the Conservatives that they supported him last time he ran for office.

Donah and LeBlanc’s village trustee seats are also expiring. Both carry two-year terms. The two remaining years of Michael Demars’ four-year village justice seat are also up for grabs and are being sought by Delair.

The justice seat was left open when Demars resigned last November after accepting a job as an investigator with the state Office for People with Developmental Disabilities, which created a conflict of interest according to New York state law. Town Justice Leonard Young III assumed Demars’ duties until the upcoming election.

“This is new to me, politics in general, and I’m looking forward to serving the community as police justice,” Delair told the Conservative caucus Monday. “I have almost 23 years of service in law enforcement, and this is something I’ve really wanted to do for some time.”

(Editor’s note: This article has been corrected to reflect that Kathleen Lefebvre will run for the two-year seat on the council, not the four-year seat, and therefore that Eric Shaheen is not the sole candidate for the two-year seat. The Enterprise regrets the error.)