Kristy Sprague, running unopposed, received heavy support to serve another term as Essex County District Attorney.
The Town of Willsboro may be the center of the Essex County political universe in the 2013 election season.
First, the town is home to District Attorney Kristy Sprague, one of 101 candidates to file an independent petition with the Essex County Board of Elections Aug. 20.
Second, the number of people running for elected office in the town increased as four additional names were added to the Highway Superintendent ballot.
Bryon Scott Moran, who filed both an independent and Republican Party petition, will be joined in the race by Travis Crowningshield, Jason Morgan, Dean King and Daniel Koenig. Each are seeking to replace longtime department head Pete Jacques, who is not seeking re-election.
The new candidates bring the total number of people seeking votes from their fellow Willsboro residents to 19, more than doubling most other towns in the county.
In the town of Essex, Edward J. Gardner filed an independent petition to challenge incumbent Sharon Boisen for the office of supervisor. Boisen also only filed as an independent.
In Ticonderoga, Steven Whitford joined the race by filing an independent petition along with Richard Grinnell and incumbent Debra Malaney, both of whom filed Republican petitions and will face off for the official part nomination in the Sept. 10 primary. With the filing of independent petitions, the loser of the primary will still be involved in the Nov. 5 General Election.
The following is a list of candidates who have filed petitions for the 2013 election (i refers to having filed an independent petition, not party affiliation or incumbent status):
Chesterfield: Town council — Clayton Barber (Ri), Richard Klages (i), Brian LaFountain (i)
Crown Point: Supervisor — Charles Harrington (R); Town council — Sherlene Simpson-Barrows (R), Walter Worth (R); Highway Superintendent — Eugene Ingleston Jr. (R)
Elizabethtown: Supervisor — Margaret Bartley (Di), Noel Merrihew, III (Ri); Town Clerk/Tax Collector — Debra Brooks (R); Town Justice — William Garrison (Ri), Michael Doyle (Ri); Town council — Evelyn Hatch (Di), William Wright Jr. (Ri), Richard Olcott (Ri); Highway Superintendent — Michael Drew (R)
Essex: Supervisor — Sharon Boisen (i), Edward Gardner (i); Town Clerk — William Morgan (i); Town council — Bryan Garvey (R), Claire LaPine (Ri); Assessor — Diane Lansing (R); Highway Superintendent — Bradley French (Ri)
Jay: Supervisor — Randy Douglas (Di); Town Clerk — Beatrice Pelkey (Ri); Town Justice — Rosamond Lincoln-Day (Gi), Robert Minogue (i), Rodney Dockum (i); Town council — Archie Depo (Di), Amy Shalton (Ri), Frederick Balzac (Gi); Highway Superintendent — Christopher Garrow (Di), William Lincoln Sr. (Ri); Tax collector — Valerie Coolidge (Ri), Tina Fenton (i)
Keene: Supervisor — William Ferebee (Ri); Town Clerk — Ellen Estes (Ri); Town Justice — Constance Hickey (Ri); Town council — Robert Biesemeyer (Di); Paul Martin (Ri); Highway Superintendent — Gary Manley (Ri), Ryan Hall (Ri); Tax collector — Donna Reed-Austin (Ri)
Lewis: Supervisor — David Blades (R); Town Clerk — James Pierce (R); Town Justice — Timothy Pierce (R); Town council — Robert Sweatt (R) and James Monty (R); Highway Superintendent — Eldred Hutchins (R); Tax collector — Kathleen Robertson (R), Brenda Sullivan (Ri), Amy Chapuk (i)
Minerva: Supervisor — Sue Montgomery-Corey (Di), Stephen McNally (Di); Town Clerk — Diana Mason (D); Town council — Peter McNally (D); Douglas McCall (Ri); Keith Dubay (Ri); Robert Lee (i); Assessor — Darlene Duffy (D); Highway Superintendent — Bruce McGinn (Ri); Tax collector — Effie McNally (R)
Moriah: Supervisor — Tom Scozzafava (Ri); Town council — Lucille Carpenter (Ri), Timothy Garrison (Ri), Corey Steigleman (i); Assessor — Paul Mazzotte (R)
Newcomb: Supervisor — George Canon (Ri); Town Clerk — Mary Pound (Ri); Town council — Donald Bott (Ri), Mary Bush (Di), Paul Hai (D); Assessor — John Thorton (D); Highway Superintendent — Mark Yandon (Di) and John Helms (Di); Tax collector — Karen Darrah (Ri)
North Hudson: Town Justice — Deborah Duntley (R); Town council — Robert Dobie (Di), Marshall Gero (Ri), John King (Ri); Assessor — Bruce Caza (R)
Schroon: Supervisor Michael Marnell (R); Town Justice — Cheryl Indelicato (R), William Tribou, III (Ri), Tracy Hanchett (Ri), Paul Mieras (R); Town council — Roger Friedman (Ri), Margaret Wood (Ri); Assessor — Thomas Erikson (R)
Ticonderoga: Supervisor — Debra Malaney (Ri), R. William Grinell (Ri); Steven Whitford (i); Town council —Fred Hunsdon, Sr. (Di), James Kolysko (R), Dorcey Crammond (R), Chattie VanWert (i)
Westport: Supervisor — Dan Connell (Di), James Carroll (Ri); Town Justice — Michael Tyler (R); Town council — Russell Paquette (Di), Steven Viens (Di), Gerald Goulet (Di), Timothy Sherman (Di)
Willsboro: Supervisor - Ed Hatch (Di), Shaun Gilliland (Ri); Town Clerk — Bridget Brown (Ri), Richard Sayward (Ri); Town Justice — Reginald Bedell (Di), Paula Lincoln (Di), Gregg Dickerson (Ri), Clarence Russell, Jr. (Ri); Town council — John (Jack) Thompson (Di), Nancy Huestis (Ri), Charles Lustig, Jr. (Ri), Lane Sayward (Ri), Lorilee Sheehan (Ri); Highway Superintendent — Bryon Scott Moran (Ri), Travis Crowningshield (i), Jason Morgan (i), Dean King (i), Daniel Koenig (i)
Wilmington: Supervisor — Randy Preston (i); Town Clerk — Gerald Bruce (Ri) and Linda Lawrence (Ri); town council Dawn Stevens (Ri), Rarilee Conway (i); assessor David Wainwright (R)