GNH Lumber February 2024

Chatham confirms incumbents plus write-in judge


CHATHAM–Tuesday’s village election returned all three incumbents on the ballot to office.

Mayor Tom Curran received the most votes, 107, according to figures on the Columbia County Board of Elections website, He will serve another two-year term.

Trustees Jay Rippel, 101 votes, and Michael Wallowitz, 100 votes, were also reelected to two-year terms.

For each of those three offices there was one write-in candidate. The write-in names for those posts were not immediately available Tuesday night.

The village also had a vacancy but no candidate on the ballot for village justice, a four-year term. Write-in candidate Walter Simonsmeier won that election with 42 votes. He campaigned in the last few days before the election with the mayor.

There were five other write-in candidates, led by Daniel Brackett with five votes. The others–Wayne Coe, Bill Hogencamp, Mitchell Khosrova and “Labinsky” (no first name given)–each received one vote.

The county Board of Elections manages Village of Chatham elections. Each of the other three villages in the county, Kinderhook, Philmont and Valatie, manages its own elections.


The three incumbents running in the Village Valatie were all reelected without opposition.

Mayor Diane Argyle received 43 votes. Trustee Frank Bevens received 42 votes and Trustee Larry Eleby had 45 votes.

A total of 48 votes were cast, according to Valatie Village Clerk Barbara Fischer.





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