Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Village candidate forum tonight

The Saranac Lake Area Chamber of Commerce -- in conjunction with WNBZ and the Adirondack Daily Enterprise -- is hosting a village candidate forum tonight at 6:30 p.m. in the Harrietstown Town Hall.

Republican Jeff Branch and Democrat Clyde Rabideau are running for mayor; incumbent Tom Michael opted not to run against Rabideau in a primary.

Vying for the two trustee seats are: Democrats Susan Waters and Tom Catillaz; Republicans Allie Pelletieri and Diana Howard; and Independent Shawn Boyer.

Sylvie Nelson, chamber executive director, will act as moderator. Enterprise senior staff writer Chris Knight will join me on the panel. Mr. Knight and I have formulated the questions, but have not and will not be sharing those questions with anyone ahead of tonight's forum -- that keeps the process fair for all candidates.

The mayoral candidates are up first, followed by the trustee candidates. Justice candidates will be on-hand to meet with voters; however, justice candidates are limited in the amount of campaigning they can do, so they will not be debating. Those candidates are Ken McLaughlin and Tom Glover for the Republicans, and Jon Vinograd and Paul Hermann for the Democrats.

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