QUEENSBURY Dark-horse candidates for public offices throughout Warren County surfaced this week as they submitted independent party petitions for a variety of positions in the county’s 11 towns. The deadline to submit the petitions was 5 p.m. Tuesday Aug. 20.
In the contest for two town board seats in Lake George, Kevin J. Mulcahy emerged to challenge incumbent Vinnie Crocitto (Rep., Indpc.), former county Public Works chief Fred Austin (Rep., Indpc.) and Nancy Stannard (Rep.) in a four-way competition. Mulcahy submitted his petitions Monday Aug. 19.
In Bolton, Kam Hoopes (Ind.), a former local Zoning Board of Appeals member and retired Finch-Pruyne executive, is challenging Ron Conover (Rep., Indpc.), the two-term incumbent supervisor who is a retired Director of Planning and Community Development for Rome, NY, and has served in the Oneida County Legislature. Hoopes submitted his petitions on Tuesday, the deadline.
In Horicon, Georgia A. McMeekin submitted petitions Monday Aug. 19 to be an independent candidate for town board. She will be challenging long-term board members Frank Hill (Rep., Indpc.) and Robert Olson (Rep.) in a three-way race for two board seats. Georgia McMeekin is the wife of Gary McMeekin, the long-time Horicon town zoning officer who was fired last October by the town board after he was accused of altering documents submitted to the Adirondack Park Agency without approval from other town officials. Relatively new town board member Matthew J. Simpson (Rep., Indpc.) is running unchallenged for the position of town supervisor, with long-time supervisor Ralph Bentley slated for retirement.
In Lake George, Town Supervisor Dennis Dickinson (Rep., Indpc.) is running unopposed; and in Stony Creek, long-time Supervisor Frank E. Thomas (Rep.) is also unchallenged.
But in neighboring Warrensburg, Town Supervisor Kevin Geraghty (Rep., Cons., Indpc.) — who serves as the county’s Chairman of the Board of Supervisors — is being challenged by former town supervisor Maynard Baker Rep., Ind.), who gave Geraghty a formidable opposition for the post in 2009.