BERNE — Dennis Palow, an Army veteran who has served in various countries, said he settled in Berne after retiring because of the people in town, who he now wants to give a voice to.

A Republican challenger, Palow is making his first run for town council on the GOP line.

BERNE — James Cooke said he is running to stay a councilman because he wants to serve the townspeople of Berne.

BERNE — Ronald Shultes, a Democrat running on the Democratic line, is challenging one of the few Republicans in the town of Berne for the role of highway superintendent. A former town highway employee, Shultes said he would like to better the department in areas such as safety and road work.

Randy Bashwinger

BERNE — Randy Bashwinger, a Republican leading a mixed slate of candidates as the party’s chairman, is running for a second term as highway superintendent. After being elected to fill out a term, Bashwinger is touting his accomplishments in the past three years as superintendent.

In Knox, a submission of a Freedom of Information Law request by a town councilman to the supervisor spiraled from a discussion about the duties of responding to such a request to arguments among both town officials and residents, resulting at one point in a scuffle between the supervisor’s wife and a co-chair of the town Democratic Committee.

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.