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Conservative candidate ends bid for Malta Supervisor

Town Board member Peter Klotz is suspending his campaign on the Conservative line to be the next Malta Town Supervisor.

Klotz, who has been on the Town Board for six years, is a Republican and failed to wrestle the party's nomination away from incumbent Supervisor Paul Sausville, but was set to appear on the General Election ballot as the Conservative candidate. He is now halting his third-party challenge.

“I'm proud of the positive campaign we ran," Klotz, 56, said in a statement. "The personal energy expended by me and those close to me during the primary was considerable and I appreciate the solid support and the extraordinary efforts of many people."

"The primary took a lot out of us and there have been some significant personal costs. But looking at the current circumstances and an uncertain outcome, we have concluded that we are not prepared to continue," he added.

His presence on the ballot was likely going to give Democratic candidate Cynthia Young a fighting chance in her second attempt to unseat Sausville. She narrowly lost in 2011.

It is almost impossible for Klotz to get his name off the ballot in November, though, but he is encouraging people not to vote for him. "I will not be voting for myself and I encourage those who have been supporting me to make another choice," he said, without actually endorsing Sausville.

Klotz will remain on the town board, as his seat was not up for election this year.

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