The final tallies for primary elections are completed, and successful candidates are prepping for the big show in November.
In Newcomb, long-time highway supervisor Mark Yandon was defeated for the Democratic line by John Helms, 43-60. Yandon will still be on the ballot on the Independent line.
Helms said he has great respect for Yandon, and thinks he's in for a tight race.
“It'll come right down to the last vote; every vote's going to matter,” he said.
Helms, a lifelong Newcombite, worked for the highway department for 10 years, then left to work in the private sector with a trucking business and landscaping company.
Now, he'd like to get back to working on the roads. He said he's been campaigning door-to-door, and will keep it up so he can hear residents' concerns.
Hamilton County's District Attorney race bid farewell to William Intemann Jr., who was out-voted nearly three-to-one by supporters of Marsha Purdue, and isn’t running on another line.
Long Lake attorney Paul H. Roalsvig will be on the ballot as an independent candidate under the Equal Justice Party line. Roalsvig is the husband of Alex Roalsvig, tourism director of the town of Long Lake.
Purdue’s campaign signs bill her as Marsha King Purdue. King’s a big name in Indian Lake, and she wants to make sure people know she's a lifelong local.
“Indian Lake is home, I grew up here,” she said.
She's been knocking on doors and putting in face time at local events to get her message out and make sure people know she's on the ballot.
Priorities if elected will be working closely with law enforcement. That's paramount to achieving good outcomes in prosecution, said Purdue.
As an attorney in Queensbury, Purdue said she's seen 12 and 14 year olds addicted to drugs. In her door-to-door campaign, people have told her they're worried about drugs in the county and the threat posed to the youth.
Purdue said she would prosecute drug offenders to the fullest extent of the law to keep drug access in the county down. She'll also work with schools and other youth-oriented organizations to educate kids on the dangers of substance abuse.
The Johnsburg town supervisor race tightened up a little, with Charles Martin winning the Republican nomination by a two-to-one vote count over Tim Record.
Martin is upset by the maintenance of town grounds and buildings, and said at a meet the candidates event before primary night of the overgrown state of the cemeteries, “If the town board and supervisors don't have respect for the dead in this town, how can they respect the living?”
Running for two open seats on Johnsburg's town board will be Pete Olesheski and Gene Arsenault, who edged out Roger Mosher and Frank Morehouse for the Republican line. Mosher will still appear on the We the People party line.
Olesheski is a lifelong Johnsburg native who graduated high school in North Creek. He's dissatisfied with the decisions the town board has made recently and doesn't think board members get enough community feedback before making decisions that impact everyone.
He said that if people couldn't be encouraged to come to board meetings, then he'd go into the hamlets and meet people on their terms to find out how they feel.
Arsenault is a current board member who agrees with Olesheski that meeting with community members when he's out and about is an important part of his job, but citizens participation is needed, too.
The government won't function unless the people hold it accountable and push their representatives to meet their expectations, said Arsenault.