Three Democrats on Coeymans November ballot
Melanie Lekocevic is reporting for Capital Region Independent Media three Democrats will be on the ballot for the November Coeymans town election. Former town clerk Cindy Rowzee and Ron Hotaling are running for the two open seats on the town board, and Peter DeLuke is running for highway superintendent. At the party caucus in July, there were no nominations for town clerk and town justice so the Republican nominees are running unopposed. The town board and highway superintendent positions, as well as the town clerk slot, are vacant after those elected officials stepped down. Rowzee served as town clerk for four years before unsuccessfully running for town supervisor in 2021. “I have lived in this community for 11 years. ...I want to use the experience I have gained in working for local municipalities to make a difference on the Coeymans Town Board.” Her platform includes the implementation of a new ethics law, and transparency in government. Rowzee was one of the organizers to successfully file a petition to put the proposed $7 million town hall project on the ballot in November. Hotaling is a lifelong resident of Coeymans, said he also wants to see more transparency in local government. “Living in the town of Coeymans the majority of my life, I have served this community in many ways such as youth sports, local EMS and sitting on my church Parish Council, to name a few,” Hotaling said. He is calling for open government and fiscal responsibility. "We need more things for the youth and open collaboration between the village and the town. I want an out-in-the-open government," Hotaling said. He agreed the current town hall building has outlived its useful life, but questioned the process and wanted additional information to be shared with the community. Peter DeLuke is running for highway superintendent to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of longtime superintendent Scott Searles. “I am ready to serve the public and listen to their needs while working with the town board to budget for all phases of operations for the highway and beautification departments,” DeLuke said. “I will use my experience from my current position at New York State Department of Transportation to bring some of today’s technology and programs to the town. ...” The general election ends on November 8 this fall. Read the full story at theupstater [dot] com.