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New Scotland Archives — The Altamont Enterprise, June 23, 2011

GOP backs Danz and Stanton

By Saranac Hale Spencer

NEW SCOTLAND — The Republican committee is backing Tim Danz and Tim Stanton for the two seats on the town board in the upcoming election.  The pair plans advocate for the town to be run more like a business.

Danz is vice president of Family Danz Heating and Air Conditioning and Stanton owns Stanton’s Feura Farm with his wife, Colleen, in Feura Bush.  Danz moved from Guilderland to the village of Voorheesville about three years ago.  His father, Ted Danz, entered politics in 2007, challenging long-time Democratic Legislator William Aylward for a seat in the Albany County Legislature, and then in 2010 he ran for Congress, losing to Democrat Paul Tonko.

The GOP isn’t running a candidate for supervisor, party chairman Lance Luther said, because incumbent Democratic Supervisor Thomas Dolin would be hard to beat.  The party is focusing on the two board seats, for which it is unlikely that either incumbent Democrat — Richard Reilly and Deborah Baron — will run.  The Democrats will caucus within the next few weeks to choose their candidates, but the Democratic committee has backed two newcomers for the seats.  (For the full story, go online to www.AltamontEnterprise.com and look under archives for June 9, 2011.)

November’s election will be Danz’s first foray into politics.  He started thinking about getting into politics a few years ago and his interest was piqued when he began seeing Luther a couple of times a week at his kids’ tee ball practice.

“I do see where there’s room for improvement,” Danz said of town government, emphasizing the importance of fiscal responsibility.

His experience in the business, Danz said, has taught him that there’s more than one way to fix things.

“We got too much bureaucracy,” Stanton said of government.  This will be his second run for the town board and, similar to his platform two years ago, he plans to run on fiscal restraint and a pro-business mentality.

In the last election, a heated race that turned on issues around commercial development, Stanton and his running mates forced a primary for the Republican line, which he lost.  They formed the New Scotland FIRST party, which he ran on.

“Obviously, it’s a different dynamic this year,” Luther said, comparing it to the last election, which was dominated by debate about the potential for large-scale commercial development.

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