Rabideau to seek re-election

SARANAC LAKE – Village Mayor Clyde Rabideau will seek another four-year term.

“I fully intend to run again,” Rabideau told the Enterprise Tuesday morning. “I love what the village is doing and the position we’re in. I enjoy working with our village employees. The Board of Trustees, especially, have been a great group to work with, and more importantly I like working with Saranac Lakers.”

Rabideau, a Democrat, was elected mayor of the village in April 2010. He called his tenure here so far “the most rewarding political experience of my life.” More rewarding than his 10 years as mayor of Plattsburgh in the 1990s?

“The experience I had in Plattsburgh makes me appreciate even more the experiences I’m having now,” Rabideau said.

Rabideau posted an announcement of his plan to seek re-election on his Facebook page this afternoon.

It’s too early to know for sure if he will face a challenger in the March 18 village election. Democrats and Republicans have yet to set the dates of their party caucuses to nominate candidates, but Franklin County Republican Committee Chairman Ray Scollin said Tuesday that one person has shown an interest in running for mayor. He declined to say who that person is.

“It would be a familiar name, and the person hasn’t made up their mind yet,” he said.

Rabideau’s position is one of three village board seats on the ballot this year. The others are held by Trustees Tom Catillaz, a Democrat, and Allie Pelletieri, a Conservative.

Catillaz said this afternoon that he will seek another term. Scollin said he’s met with Pelletieri and “he has agreed to run again.”

The Enterprise will have more on this story in tomorrow’s edition of the newspaper.

Contact Chris Knight at 518-891-2600 ext. 24 or cknight@adirondackdailyenterprise.com.