Broome justice only contested local race in county
SCHOHARIE COUNTY Voters will see only a few local races on their ballots Nov. 6 in Schoharie County, where the only contested race will be for justice in the town of Broome.
Following her first four-year term, incumbent Justice Sandra H. Johnson is facing a challenge from Republican Roland Gilligan, an herb farmer nearing the end of a career in the security field.
Gilligan, 62, said he decided to run for town justice because he’s getting ready to retire as head of security for a “Fortune 100 company.”
Gilligan said he earned his associate degree in criminal justice from Westchester Community College.
He said he considers himself a conservative Republican and if elected, he would be “very balanced and fair.”
Gilligan, who grew up in Croton-on-Hudson, runs the High Winds Farm in Huntersland, producing a variety of herbs for teas, cooking and smoking.
Johnson, 71, retired as a registered nurse in 2006. She worked mainly in hospitals and in the women’s health field for the last 26 years.
Raised in Virginia, Johnson was a resident of West Springfield, Mass., for 35 years before moving to Schoharie County.
She ran unopposed for election to the town justice post in 2008 and was elected president of the Schoharie County Magistrates Association earlier this month.
After her election, Johnson implemented additional court days, making court available every Tuesday. Before, there was just one Tuesday session per month.
In her four years on the bench, Johnson said she’s seen many traffic tickets, domestic violence cases, marijuana-growing cases and cases brought by the state Department of Environmental Conservation.
The position pays $4,500 and carries a four-year term.
Seats will be filled without opposition — or without a candidate on the ballot — in five other Schoharie County municipalities Nov. 6:
* Carlisle — Incumbent Richard C. Smith, a Republican, is running unopposed for re-election as town justice.
* Village of Cobleskill – Running unopposed for two seats on the Board of Trustees are incumbents Howard W. Burt Jr., and Linda V. Holmes.
* Village of Esperance — A seat on the Board of Trustees is up for election, but no candidate filled out petitions, according to the county Board of Elections. That position could be filled by a write-in candidate.
* Fulton — Peter D. Shulman is running unopposed on both the Democratic and Republican ballot lines for town justice.
* Gilboa — Incumbent Norwood Tompkins, a Republican, is running unopposed to retain his seat on the Town Board. Gilboa residents will also vote on whether to allow games of chance and bingo in the town.