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Candidates line up in Claverack, Ghent races

Sep 29, 2015 12:03 am
The Register-Star is reporting the Claverack Democratic Committee announced recently it endorsed two candidates for town board at its caucus last month. Incumbent town board member Katy Cashen and newcomer Dave Baylen were chosen to fill two open seats on the board, each carrying a four-year term. At the caucus, Cashen was recognized for her work to date, and as the only woman and the only Democrat currently serving. Cashen's recent achievements include spearheading town negotiations with Mid-Hudson Cable to extend Internet coverage in the area. Baylen is a retired technology director and industrial arts teacher. He serves on the technology and communications committees of the Claverack Library and has extensive experience in public service. In November Cashen and Baylen will face incumbent Bill Gerlach and Maryanne Lee, both endorsed by the Claverack Republicans. The Claverack Democrats will hold a candidate meet and greet event Thu., Oct. 1, at the Vanderbilt House in Philmont. In Ghent, incumbent Richard Sardo is seeking his second term on the town board. He has received the endorsement of the Conservative Party. Sardo said he prides himself on a perfect meeting attendance record and is satisfied with his voting record. That record includes supporting the Ginsberg's Food expansion project and opposition to possible eminent domain efforts on the power line and airport issues. Sardo has imposed a two-term limit on himself because “eight years is long enough for any person to serve in one political office.” The general election is Tue., Nov. 3. Read both stories in the Register-Star.