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Mort, Simmons square off for supervisor in Ghent

Oct 18, 2021 12:55 pm

Emilia Teasdale reports in the Columbia Paper about Mallory Mort and Craig Simmons, the candidates running for supervisor in Ghent beginning Oct. 23 and ending Nov. 2. Mort, 64, he has been endorsed by the Democratic, Working Families, and Ghent United parties, and is currently in his second term on the Ghent Town Board. Mort is the former president of the NY Angus Association, current vice present of NY Thoroughbred Breeders, Inc. a member of Protect Ghent, and a member of the county Planning Board, and the county Agriculture and Farmland Protection Board. “My two terms on the Town Board, extensive community service, and 42 years working at Gallagher’s Stud Farm have helped me understand the needs of our residents and prepared me to serve as the financial officer of the town. As town supervisor, I will pursue fiscally responsible ways to satisfy the needs and goals of our residents. I have participated in six budget processes (all falling below the state mandated cap) and I, along with the current supervisor, just completed my second successful labor union negotiation and developed an affordable health insurance solution for the town’s employees," Mort said. Simmons, 55, has been endorsed by the Republican, Conservative, and the Connect Ghent Party. Simmons has been on the Chatham Central School Board for nine years, and on NY Angus Association for eight years, and owns Simmons Automotive in Ghent. “Open governance is important to me. Ghent needs full transparency. I’d like to keep our meetings open and easy to attend for all. Zoom, for example, has proven to be a great tool for community engagement,".Simmons said. “It’s important to create programs for our seniors and youth. Building community will keep Ghent the way we all know and love." Also in Ghent this fall, Laurie Johnson and Carl Quinn are running on the Democratic and Working Families lines for the two open seats on the Town Board with Wally Engel and Scott C. Myers on the Republican and Connect Ghent lines for the Town Board four-year seats. Town Clerk/Tax Collector Michelle Radley and Highway Superintendent Benjamin Perry are also running unopposed. Read more about this story in the Columbia Paper.