ELIZABETHTOWN -- A record five candidates want to be Willsboro supervisor, in what is shaping up to be the biggest local race in Essex County this year.

Candidates include two former supervisors, Edward Hatch and Robert Ashline, as well as Scott Hommes, Darren Darrah and Lane Sayward.

Hatch is a Democrat, while the others are Republicans. The four Republican candidates will be on the primary election ballot.

The office became vacant after the resignation of Supervisor Lori Lincoln in June, and the winner gets the remaining year of her term.

Hatch was Willsboro supervisor in the 1970s, while Ashline left office in 2004.

Republican Bradley Paye is running unopposed for re-election as town justice in Willsboro.


This is an off year for local elections, so only those positions where someone has resigned or left office are on the ballot.

Ticonderoga is the other town with a major race: for highway superintendent.

Superintendent Arthur "Pat" Morrison resigned in May after his conviction for misdemeanor official misconduct. Morrison ordered overpriced chemicals, like ice melt, for the Highway Department and accepted $2,000 in gift cards in return.

Seeking the highway superintendent post in Ticonderoga are Republicans Michael Parent and Paul Sharkey.

Parent is a retired highway crew supervisor.

The winner gets the remaining year of Morrison's term.

In both Willsboro and Ticonderoga, town councils declined to appoint anyone to replace those who left.

Incumbent Republican Keith Dolbeck is running for re-election as town justice in Ticonderoga.


In Chesterfield, Republican incumbent Kim Rennie is running for re-election as town justice.

Incumbent Republican Jeff Farnsworth is up for re-election as town justice in Moriah.


Countywide offices up this year are treasurer and coroner.

Incumbent Republican County Treasurer Michael Diskin won't be on the ballot as a Republican because his petitions lacked the required 500 signatures. He will be running as an independent instead and is collecting signatures now on independent petitions.

Independent petitions are due at the County Board of Elections by Aug. 17 for the general election ballot.

Four Republican incumbents are running for re-election to four open coroner seats: Kellie Valentine of Moriah, Walter Marvin III of Elizabethtown, Paul Connery of Ticonderoga and W. Robert Huestis of Willsboro.

Other than races for party political committees, only the Willsboro supervisor and Ticonderoga highway superintendent will be on the primary election ballot. The primary is from noon to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 14.

E-mail Lohr McKinstry at: lmckinstry@pressrepublican.com

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