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Ghent Democrats announce candidates for town offices


GHENT – The Ghent Democratic Committee officially announced that Mallory Mort will run for the Ghent Town Board in the November 5 General Election, and that it will endorse Republican candidates Mike Benvenuto for Town Supervisor, Chuck Wood for Town Board, Michelle Radley for Town Clerk, and Ben Perry for Highway Superintendent.

“I am honored to receive this nomination,” said Mr. Mort. “Our town has been facing increasingly complex issues in the past few years, and I believe my professional experience and commitment to this community give me the foundation to serve it well. If elected, I will bring a common sense approach to governing, and provide the decisive, practical and responsible leadership our Town deserves.”


For over 30 years Mr. Mort has been a manager of Gallagher’s Stud, a 670-acre diversified Thoroughbred horse and grass-fed Angus cattle farm. As a leader in the agricultural community, he serves on the Columbia County Agriculture and Farmland Protection Board and was instrumental in crafting the County’s first farm plan. He also serves on the board of New York Thoroughbred Breeders, Inc. and is a member of Columbia County Farm Bureau. In the past he has served as a member of Senator Kirsten Gillibrand’s Agricultural Advisory Committee, as president of the New York Angus Association, on the Agriculture Committee of Cornell Cooperative Extension, on various 4-H committees as well as being a 4-H leader. He also serves on the board of Protect Ghent and has worked tirelessly in opposing the rebuilding of TCI.

“The Ghent Democratic Committee believes that in local politics, it’s the people, not the party, that count. Benvenuto, Wood, Radley and Perry are highly qualified candidates who, along with Mallory Mort, will act in the best interests of this Town and be responsive to the needs of its residents,” says Judy Rusk, the Committee chair.

Mr. Benvenuto agrees, saying, “It’s time that we worked together for this town to address the tough issues before the Board. I appreciate this endorsement from the Ghent Democratic Committee, and, if elected Supervisor, I am committed to working hard for the benefit of all the residents of Ghent.”



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