Harrietstown election slate set

SARANAC LAKE – The election ballot appears to be set for a slew of positions up for a vote in the town of Harrietstown this year.

No additional candidates showed up Tuesday night seeking endorsements at the Harrietstown Democratic Committee’s caucus, which had been recessed last month to give the committee more time to fill out its slate.

With no one else joining the race, it appears Harrietstown Supervisor Bob Bevilacqua will be unchallenged in his re-election bid. Bevilacqua received the endorsement of town Republican and Conservative parties at their caucuses last month.

Three people will vie for the two, four-year town council positions on the ballot: incumbent Ron Keough and former deputy town clerk Patricia Meagher, each of whom have been endorsed by the Republican and Conservative caucuses, and Ed Goetz, a retired state Department of Corrections employee who received the Democratic nod.

There are three more candidates for a two-year unexpired town council term: incumbent Councilman Barry DeFuria, who received the Republican nomination; former Franklin County legislator Gerald Gillmett, who was endorsed by the Conservative caucus; and Democrat Howard Riley, a former town justice and councilman.

Two other incumbents – town Clerk Patricia Gillmett and Highway Superintendent Craig Donaldson – will not face any competition in their re-election bids. Both were endorsed by the Republican and Conservative caucuses. No candidate from any party stepped forward to run for Riley’s former justice seat, which carries a four-year term.

The election is Nov. 5.