WARRENSBURG - The upcoming Primary elections in Warren County are likely to be stimulating, as a relatively large number of positions in town governments will be contended, according to petitions filed up through last week.
Friday, drawings were held for ballot positions in no less than 13 Republican primaries to be held in towns across northern Warren County alone.
Competition is most heated in Lake George, where five Republicans will be vying to be their party's representative for two Town Board seats. In this race, seats of Incumbent Vinnie Crocitto and Frank McCoy, who is vacating his seat to run for Town Supervisor, are up for the taking.
Crocitto will be challenged by local businessman John Carr, former Town Board member George McGowan, Fran Heinrich, and Janie Green (R,D). In November, they'll be joined in the race by Democrat Marisa Muratori, a former Lake George Village trustee.
Lake George's supervisor race is uncontested in the Primary. But in November, Councilman Frank McCoy will face former Town Supervisor Dennis L. Dickinson (D). In Warrensburg, former Town Supervisor and funeral home owner Maynard D. Baker is challenging Incumbent Town Supervisor Kevin Geraghty, long-time officer of the local fire company, for the Supervisor post. For Warrensburg Town Board, former town Planning Board member and chair Bryan Rounds in challenging incumbent trustees John Alexander, a funeral home owner, and Joseph Barlow, an insurance executive.
In Thurman, four G.O.P candidates are seeking two open board seats, one of Incumbent Charles Bills, and the other of Ruth Keller, who is retiring from the post.
Last week, Former Warrensburg Central School Athletic Director Albert Vasak was appointed to Keller's seat for the remainder of 2009. Vasak and Bills will be challenged by former Town Justice candidate Glenda Duell and Rebecca DeSourdy.
In Stony Creek, vying for Town Supervisor will be incumbent Frank Thomas, challenged by Tara Tremaine Fisher. Battling for Superintendent of Highways will be incumbent Neil Bradley, challenged by Ian Thomas.
For the Town Board, incumbents Warren Braman and Bill Liebl will be challenged by Harry Paul Gill. All Stony Creek candidates are Republicans.
In the town of Bolton, Republican Ronald Conover, a retired city planner, will be seeking the Supervisor post, as well as Alexander "Zandy" Gabriels, who held the office from 2002 through 2007.
For two town board seats, incumbent Owen James Maranville is challenged by Scott P. Anderson and Gregory R. Smith. For Town Justice, incumbent Harry Demarest is challenged by Richard D. Sammis. For Highway Superintendent, incumbent Timothy A. Coon is challenged by William A. Sherman.
In Horicon, three candidates are seeking two spots on the Town Board. Incumbents Robert E. Olson and Frank L. Hill are challenged by Gary F. Frenz.
In Johnsburg, Daniel B. Hitchcock and Frederick T. Comstock are seeking the post of Highway Superintendent.
The Primary election will be held Tuesday Sept. 15 at the traditional poll sites.