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Razor-thin margins in the New Scotland Conservative primary has the race too close to call.

GUILDERLAND — The Republican challengers for town board did solidly in the Conservative and Independence party primaries in Guilderland Tuesday, but were bested by the Democratic incumbents.

Write-in candidates appear to have won the majority of the Independence Party nominations in Berne and Knox following Tuesday’s primary elections.

Victoria Plotsky

In the Democratic primary on Tuesday, Victoria Plotsky, making her first run for office, on a platform of reform, soundly defeated the incumbent representing the 38th District in the Albany County Legislature.

Craig Shufelt

The New Scotland Republican Party will field only one challenger for town offices this fall. One Republican Committee member lays some partial blame on national politics.

In the Sept. 12 Democratic primary, Victoria Plotsky, a lawyer running on reform, is challenging Darrell Duncan, the former county commissioner of public works, to represent parts of New Scotland and Bethlehem in the Albany County Legislature. Duncan was appointed in January to fill a vacancy.

As both Democrats and Republicans in Rensselaerville reflect on their difficulties in finding willing candidates, Republicans are still searching for a nominee for town supervisor. Current supervisor Valerie Lounsbury, a Republican, is not running, and a potential Republican candidate turned down the nomination.

Albany County’s Independence and Conservative parties have each endorsed a slate of Berne candidates, including those running against one another. In Knox, the Independence Party endorsed a slate of candidates already endorsed by the town’s Democratic Party, but two Republican-backed candidates are on the ballot, as well.

GUILDERLAND — The incumbent Democratic slate in Guilderland — Peter Barber for supervisor and Patricia Slavick and Paul Pastore for town board — has been endorsed by the town’s largest small parties, the Conservative and Independence parties.

Both Republicans and Democrats nominated a full slate of candidates, including for town supervisor, highway superintendent, and two seats on the town board.

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