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G’town GOP leaders name their candidates


GERMANTOWN–The town Republican Committee began its caucus process Tuesday, nominating candidates for the seven positions up for election this fall.

George R. Sharpe, GOP committee chair, reports that as expected, the committee nominated Joel Craig, a current member of the Town Board to run on the party’s ballot line for supervisor.

Three candidates are new to the political ring: Andrea Dunn, secretary of the town’s Parks & Recreation Commission, Matthew Phelan and Joyce Vale. Ms. Dunn and Mr. Phelan were nominated to run for the two board seats being vacated by Mr. Craig and by Joan Snyder, who is not running for office this year.

Ms. Vale is the party’s candidate for town clerk. The person who wins that seat will replace Charlene Diehl, who is retiring from the position.

For the rest of its slate, the GOP backed incumbents: Richard Jennings for highway superintendent; Janice Mullins, tax collector; and Wendy Nack-Lawlor, justice.

There were no nominations from the floor, said Mr. Sharpe. Tuesday’s meeting was only to nominate these candidates. The caucus reconvenes Tuesday, June 18 from 3 to 8 p.m. at Town Hall, 50 Palatine Park Road, for voting. All enrolled Republicans in town are eligible to vote for the candidates who will appear on the party’s slate in November.

The two-week hiatus gives candidates “time to ring doorbells” and introduce themselves to voters, said Mr. Sharpe.


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