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Former town justice to seek GOP nod for Halfmoon supervisor seat

April 4, 2013
Updated 8:31 p.m.
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Halfmoon Supervisor Mindy Wormuth will face a challenge for her party’s nomination if she decides to run this fall.

Kevin Tollisen, a town justice in Halfmoon until resigning abruptly on Wednesday, is meeting with the Halfmoon Republican Committee next week to secure their endorsement for town supervisor. It’s not clear if Wormuth, who did not return a message on Thursday, is running again.

Saratoga County Republican Committee Chairman John Herrick said he believed Wormuth and Tollisen would both seek the party’s endorsement. He wasn’t sure if the candidate that doesn’t get the endorsement would pursue a primary challenge.

Halfmoon Republican Committee Chairwoman Regina Parker did not return calls for comment. Herrick said it was difficult to predict who the town Republicans would back.

Tollisen, 41, said he is running because the town is at an important crossroads. He highlighted the town’s burgeoning development, which he said needs to be advanced with better planning. He wants to see a master plan and cooperation with neighboring localities to ease traffic congestion.

“There’s a lot of great things in Halfmoon and there’s some things that we need to do better,” he said.

Wormuth has come under fire in recent years because of campaign contributions that exceeded limits, questions about properties she owned and the nomination of a 22-year-old to run the county’s animal shelter. She cruised to election in 2011 for her third term, defeating Democrat Deanna Stephenson, 2,049 votes to 1,525 votes.

Regarding Wormuth’s tenure, Herrick said, “Mindy has done a good job.”

It’s not clear who the Democratic candidate will be this year, but Saratoga County Democratic Committee Chairman Todd Kerner said they will field a candidate. He said it was too early in the process to identify who that might be.

Stephenson, who is still involved in Halfmoon’s political scene, might be the Democratic candidate again. She ran a spirited campaign in 2011, especially considering Wormuth was not opposed in 2009.

“I’m considering a local political position,” Stephenson said on Thursday. “The true representatives of the people need to lead local government and that’s what I’m hoping will happen in November.”

Tollisen grew up in Halfmoon and served on the Town Board from 1998 to 2002. He was elected town justice in 2002 and has a law office in Mechanicville.

 
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