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Guilderland Archives — The Altamont Enterprise, March 17, 2011

Aylward, Marshall and Hout return to office after uncontested election

By Jo E. Prout

ALTAMONT — Incumbent trustees William Aylward and Christine Marshall, running on the Altamont First party line in an uncontested election, retained their seats when fewer than 100 village residents came out to vote Tuesday. Village Justice Rebecca Hout also won her uncontested seat. Each position has a four-year term.

Village voters used electronic machines for the first time.

Aylward received 87 votes. Marshall received 85 votes, and Hout received 87 votes in unofficial results. The village has a population of about 1,700. There were six write-in votes for the trustee position, and three for that of village justice.

“You stay on to see that what you started is finished. That’s what we’re doing now,” Aylward said earlier this month.

A retired social studies teacher, Aylward previously served as village mayor for 10 years, winning five two-year terms. All village terms are now four years. After that, Aylward served as chairman of the town’s Democratic Party. Aylward has been a village trustee while serving his third term as a county legislator.

“The board is kind of in the middle of a few projects that I want to see through,” Marshall said earlier.

A 25-year resident of Altamont, Marshall will begin her second four-year term on the board. She holds a master’s degree in political science, and is retired from the state Department of Civil Service.

Hout practices law out of her Altamont home. She has served as justice since 1993.

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