SARANAC LAKE — Republicans here have chosen their slate for village elections, including a challenger for incumbent Mayor Clyde Rabideau.
The Caucus Committee nominated Dianna Trummer to run for mayor and Gary Hoffman as candidate for trustee.
Incumbent Trustee Allie Pelletieri, a Conservative, also earned GOP endorsement in his bid for re-election.
Two other officials seeking re-election had asked for dual party recognition, but their requests were not approved in caucus. Rabideau and incumbent Trustee Tom Catillaz, both Democrats, had submitted letters of intent to run on the Republican Party line.
‘BETTER TO TRY’
Trummer, 49, is a political newcomer. The bid for Saranac Lake mayor is her first foray into the village political arena.
She told the Press-Republican that she spoke at the caucus.
“I just said, ‘Please consider me’ for your endorsement. I used to videotape the Village Board meetings for Local Access Channel 2, and I’ve been involved in the wings with what is going on in the village.”
Watching the everyday economic struggle over the past several years, she said, “I thought it might be good to get involved. I’m working class. It’s better to try than not to try.”
Trummer is originally from Saranac Lake and works as a technician at the North Country Community College library.
“This is my 15th year as union (Civil Service Employees Association) president at North Country (Community College). It gives me a good understanding of the way processes and procedures work.
“I know how the budget process works. I know how to follow protocol.”
TWO TRUSTEES SEATS
Trummer describes herself as a team player.
“I think more gets accomplished with a team approach than with an ‘I did this, I did that’ scenario.”
She looks forward to starting on the campaign process with the Republican Party.
“I’m happy that they nominated me,” Trummer said. “It is always good for voters to have a choice.”
The official GOP endorsement adds Trummer and Hoffman to the ballot and gives Pelletieri a three-way party endorsement.
He was added to the Democratic slate earlier this month and runs as a Conservative.
With Catillaz also seeking re-election, there is a three-way race for two open seats on the Village Board.
Village elections are March 18.
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