By KIM SMITH DEDAM
---- — SARANAC LAKE — The Democratic Party Nominating Caucus chose their slate of candidates here on Wednesday night.
Village Mayor Clyde Rabideau earned the official nod in his bid for reelection. In addition, Democrats backed two current trustees seeking another four-year term.
Though not a Democrat, incumbent Elias “Allie” Pelletieri, a Conservative, earned their cross-endorsement.
And Democrat Tom Catillaz, former mayor of Saranac Lake, earned a return to the ballot.
Trustee Paul Van Cott, caucus chairman, organized the event held at the Town Hall.
“It was a unanimous nomination for Tom, Allie and for myself as mayor,” Rabideau said Wednesday evening.
“Allie is going to run on the Conservative line. He is an asset to the village and a great teammate. Political affiliation notwithstanding.”
Party lines aren’t obstacles in Saranac Lake.
“For me its all about working for the community,” Pelletieri said. “I’ll work with anybody that has good ideas and is willing to negotiate on issues and find what’s best for our taxpayers. It’s a small, local area. We are concerned with jobs and making Saranac Lake a destination community. We work great together, in part, because of our leader, Mayor Rabideau.”
Despite the sinking temperatures, spirits were high as the group gathered at a local eatery after the caucus.
“It’s another good night in Saranac Lake,” Catillaz said.
“We had an awful lot of people there tonight. And the nominations were unanimous, it was very good to see. We’re getting stuff done and having a good time doing it. Things are good up here in the Capital of the Adirondacks.”
Thus far, no challengers have been presented by Republicans or independent parties.
Village elections are on March 18.
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