March 6, 2014

Essex County GOP chooses candidates

WILLSBORO — The Essex County Republican Committee has endorsed all incumbent Republicans running for re-election in the county.

A unanimous ballot vote was taken at a recent session, said County Committee First Vice Chair Win Belanger of Willsboro, resulting in endorsements for Sheriff Richard Cutting, County Treasurer Michael Diskin and County Coroners Kellie Valentine, Walter “Smitty” Marvin III and Paul Connery.

Also endorsed for re-election were the two state legislators: Sen. Betty Little (R-Queensbury) and Assemblyman Dan Stec (R-Queensbury).

The committee also reaffirmed support for 21st Congressional District candidate Elise Stefanik of Willsboro. She is running for the seat being vacated by Congressman Bill Owens (D-Plattsburgh).


Belanger said he was filling in for Committee Chair Ronald Jackson of Essex, who was hospitalized after falling off a ladder while constructing a sugar shack for maple-syrup processing.

Jackson is scheduled to be discharged today from CVPH Medical Center in Plattsburgh.

“Our representatives have served us extremely well at the state level,” Belanger said in a news release. “Betty and Dan have demonstrated through deeds and hard work their love for the North Country and Essex County. They have been there for us whenever needed, and we will be there for them.”

He said he talked with Jackson in his hospital room afterward.

“Ron Jackson was very pleased (to hear) of the committee’s action in his absence.”


Belanger said in the release that the committee’s endorsements will be valuable as the candidates begin their campaigns.

“I am very pleased that the committee has endorsed each of the Essex County officials up for election. 

“Sheriff Cutting and Treasurer Diskin have each performed with due diligence and made significant contributions in their areas for the betterment of the county.

“Our county coroners are dedicated professionals who are available when needed, and we are proud to endorse each of them.”

The congressional primary election is Tuesday, June 24, with the state and local primary Tuesday, Sept. 9.

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