By DENISE A. RAYMO
---- — MALONE — Howard Maneely is the Democratic candidate for town supervisor after an unsuccessful caucus challenge from Town Council member Mary Scharf.
The incumbent, who has been in office since January 1998, was selected by a 2-to-1 margin during a party caucus Monday, 135 to 71.
Scharf was nominated for re-election as a Town Council member and easily won the nod, as did incumbent Jack Sullivan.
Incumbent Thomas Shanty, a Republican, was endorsed for re-election as highway superintendent.
WORKED FOR VOTES
Maneely, 78, said he was nervous when he learned he’d be facing the first caucus challenge of his political career.
“I had one hell of a weekend,” he said. “I did a lot of calling, asking people for their support. I did a lot of hard work, and it wasn’t until about quarter to 7 when people started pouring in that I said, ‘I’ve got this one.’”
Maneely said he saw a lot of the people he had called, “and a lot I did not call who wanted to support me, too.
“I’m really thankful to the people who came to support me. I never said anything bad when I called them. I just asked them to support me.”
He said Scharf congratulated him once the vote was taken.
“We’ll be working together four more years because she got the nomination for council, and we’ve got to put this behind us and work toward the betterment of Malone,” the supervisor said. “We’ve got a lot of things coming up.”
Scharf said she was not upset by the loss and had run to give voters an alternative.
“Everybody I talked to in the past several months said they wanted to have a choice, and they had a choice, because Howard had been there for years,” she said.
“It comes down to who can get the most people there.
“When I asked people to attend the caucus, they didn’t realize the importance of it,” she said. “I’m a long-term educator, and a lot of people learned a lot and how important it is to be an active participant.”
She said she will still continue working with Maneely on the Town Council.
“I have no problem with that,” Scharf said. “I have no difficulty working with anyone. I’ll continue to ask serious questions of people and businesses, so, no, I have no difficulty working with Howard or the town board.”
The Town of Malone Republican Party Committee caucus is set for 5 p.m. Wednesday, July 31, at Hosler’s Restaurant.
The deadline is Monday for potential candidates to submit letters of intent to the committee.
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