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Wormuth bows out before primary race

There won't be a fourth-term for Halfmoon Supervisor Mindy Wormuth.

The embattled Republican announced in a press release that she will not run again. She was facing a primary challenge from former Town Justice Kevin Tollisen, who was endorsed by the Halfmoon Republican Committee.

"While I have always been a fighter for the people of Halfmoon, I feel it is mine and the town's best interest to not run for re-election," Wormuth said in a statement. "My boys are getting older and will be heading to college soon and I want to enjoy the last few years with them without the stress of town politics getting in the way of my family life."

In April, Wormuth was committed to fighting the good fight in a primary."The people of Halfmoon voted me in three times," she said in April. "It's the people of the community who are going to make the final decision."

Her going away message notes the upcoming race for supervisor had "been a hot bed of contention," but also points out that no Demcoratic candidate had been endorsed yet.

"I have had the great pleasure of serving as Supervisor of Halfmoon for the last six years," Wormuth said in her statement, which noted that Halfmoon has no town tax.

The laundry list of accomplishments that she cites, includes refinancing the town's bonds, completing phase two of the water treatment plant and finishing a new town hall that runs completely on geothermal power. While not included in her farewell message, Wormuth will also be remembered for her failed attempt to make Christina Abele the county's animal shelter director and for stepping down amid controversy from her spot on the county Board of Supervisors’ Public Works Committee.

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