Melissa Hale-Spencer

RENSSELAERVILLE — David Bowdish says he was surprised on Thursday night to hear from a neighbor that he was on the ballot, running on the Republican line to be town supervisor.

Democrat Victoria Plotsky says her experience as a lawyer will help her in drafting legislation for the Albany County Legislature. Democrat Timothy Stanton says the legislature has too many lawyers and public servants; it needs a large landowner and farmer like himself.

Knox Supervisor Vasilios Lefkaditis, faced with accusations about his dealings as a stockbroker two decades ago, says he has nothing to hide and that he learned lessons that make him a good supervisor.

The contested races in Rensselaerville include four candidates running for two town board seats, and four more vying for two assessor posts. The Democratic candidate for supervisor, Steve Pfleging, is unopposed.

RENSSELAERVILLE — “A small town is like a family,” says Steve Pfleging. A Democrat, he is unopposed in his run for supervisor.

It is Pfleging’s first run for political office and he’d like to keep the town on an “even keel,” he said. “I’m not a politician,” Pfleging said, “so running is new for me.”

RENSSELAERVILLE — Marion Cooke, a member of the Conservative Party, has served on the town board for eight years and is making her third run on the Republican line.

What she is most proud of during her tenure on the board is the town’s sound financial condition.

RENSSELAERVILLE — Marie Dermody says, “You have no right to complain if you don’t want to fix what’s broken. I’m putting my money where my mouth is.”

Dermody, a Democrat, is running for a council seat on the Democratic line.

RENSSELAERVILLE — Jason Rauf grew up in Medusa and has lived in Rensselaerville for his entire life.

At 30 now, he says he and his wife, Michelle, have decided to raise their first child, a daughter named Hannah, in the town they love.

A Republican, Rauf is making his first run for office on the GOP line.

RENSSELAERVILLE — Robert Tanner, a Democrat, is running for town board because, he says, “Rensselaerville is a small town. I want to make it more bipartisan..”

He went on, “There’s a lot of ‘them’ and ‘us.’ We all need to be one. There is strength in numbers. When we agree on something, we have to work for the common good.”

RENSSELAERVILLE — Kathryn Wank, an Independence Party member, is running for a second four-year term as assessor. As well as backing from her own party, she has the Republican and Conservative lines too.


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