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Republican infighting continues in Saratoga County

Four-term incumbent Malta Supervisor Paul Sausville could face a fight for his party's nomination.

Saratoga County Republican Committee Chairman John Herrick said the Malta Republican Committee will interview Sausville and Peter Klotz for the party's endorsement. It is possible, though, that whoever isn't endorsed might still challenge for the party's nomination in a primary.

Klotz is currently in his second term on the Malta Town Board. According to a letter to the editor from 2011, he was chairman of the town's planning board and is a proponent of green space.

He won a Republican primary for the town board in 2007.

In Sausville's 2011 campaign, he barely squeaked out a win agaisnt Democrat Cynthia Young. In 2007, he won a Republican primary by about 111 votes.

Despite the close race in 2011, the town has a Republican enrollment advantage that makes the party's nomination very important.

If there is a tight general election, the nomination of the Conservative Party could be important, because it means more exposure on the ballot. According to Saratoga County Conservative Party Chairman Robert Zordan, the only Malta candidate to approach his committee about an endorsement was Sausville. No one received the Conservative Party nomination in 2011, with Young also picking up the Working Families line and Sausville also running on the Independence Party line.

According to campaign finance filings with the state Board of Elections, Sausville has no money to spend on any campaign. His last report that wasn't a blank statement came a month the 2011 General Election and he reported having no money, but had outstanding loans. In Klotz's report from this January, there was $2,613.14 in his campaign war chest.

The town of Malta Republican Committee had about $8,200 in the January campaign finance filing with the state. The committee did not report spending any money on the 2011 supervisor race in Malta.

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