Best Wishes for a Happy Holiday and Peaceful New Year
The results of the election for 2013 are official hence congratulations go out to the winners as well as all candidates who ran on our democratic line for offices. As the report from the Board of Elections is analyzed, we will be able to assess where our efforts as a party were successful and where exactly we need to improve our message and communication.
Certainly the race we can point to with pride, is the re-election of Warren County Judge John Hall. Our opponents ran a "full court press" against the Judge's reelection beginning in the winter of 2013. But the wise voters of this county did not yield to the contentious dialogue and reelected the man with experience, integrity and tenacity. We celebrate this victory and note that Judge Hall ran as a proud democrat and certainly countered the argument that members of this county would not vote on the democratic line.
An analysis of the vote north of Albany demonstrated that the tide was against us all as democrats. The controversial legislation of the Safe Act coupled with the debacle of the website of the Affordable Care Act gave our opponents an outlet to attack. This coupled with the fact that the enrollment of registered Republicans is double that of registered democrats and as such, we need to refocus our efforts to connect with those across the aisle. We did increase the number of democratic voters in this off year election; unfortunately, our opponents did the same and they just outnumber us. But this year, our opponents realized there was a contest and they needed to work for each vote. This posture is new in this county.
, One should remember that Warren County voters elected President Obama, and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand as well as Judge Hall and they all ran and succeeded as democrats. But
as democrats, we need to do what our opponents do so well. We need to work together! We need to support each other and showcase the strengths of our fellow democrats. We cannot be complacent; we can not succeed alone. We must build on the successes we have secured and we must not accept the setbacks of this election season to quell our resolve. Rather, we need to assess the vote and focus on our drive for the future.
It is worth noting that Thurman Supervisor Evelyn Wood was re-elected and much of the credit must go to the democrats in Thurman who were galvanized to action by Thurman Chairman Andy Templeton and his wife Kathy Feiden. These two people worked tirelessly to secure this win for Supervisor Wood and succeeded despite significant intimidation and threats. Kathy and Andy informed their community on issues and showcased the progress that Supervisor Wood had made for Thurman. Again, the support of democrats and the democratic line aided this victory immensely.
It is my hope that each of you will have a wonderful holiday and much happiness and health in the new year. I am grateful for all of your help and assistance with the election process during the past six months and I wish to acknowledge and particularly thank Tom McDonough and Dave O'Brien for all their incredible guidance and support.
Lynne Boecher, Chair
Congratulations! Here are our official Election Results:
County Judge & Surrogate
Judge John S Hall, Jr.
CITY OF GLENS FALLS
John A Diamond
Councilman at Large
Ward 1 Council Member
James P Campinell
Ward 2 Council Member
S. William Collins
Warren County Supervisor Ward 1
Daniel J Girard
Warren County Supervisor Ward 2
Peter V McDevitt
Warren County Supervisor Ward 5
William H Kenny
TOWN OF QUEENSBURY
John F Strough III
TOWN OF BOLTON
Bolton Town Highway Superintendent
William A Sherman
TOWN OF HAGUE
Town Board Member
Ginger Henry Kuenzel
Leslie R. Midgley
TOWN OF JOHNSBURG
Ronald G. Vanselow
TOWN OF THURMAN