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MALTA: GOP picks slate

Thomas declined to comment on the changes, but Gizzi expressed her concern with one aspect of the process.

"I am disappointed that a committee person is able to abstain from voting a second vote," she said. Gizzi said that because two seats are available, committee members had the opportunity to vote for two of the three candidates. Some committee members voted only for one candidate, choosing to abstain in voting for either of the other two, she said.

"They're basically saying they don't care who gets it," said Gizzi. "They are not taking full responsibility to vote for two people. I am elected to a district. I'm representing the people of that district. The people in my district would be really unhappy with me if I only voted for one candidate."

Gizzi has served as councilwoman for the past two years, first being appointed to and then being elected to the seat that Supervisor Paul Sausville had previously held. She currently chairs the town's economic development committee and she recently reactivated the Americans with Disabilities Act committee.

In the past year, Gizzi successfully lobbied the town to build a trail along Ruhle Road. The project was completed this past fall.

"It is so much safer," said Gizzi. "People are using it regularly. I get a lot of compliments about the trail."

Thomas will be familiar to many residents as she begins the process of campaigning. A lifelong Malta resident and Republican, Thomas is the daughter of Malta Town Clerk Flo Sickels, who is also seeking reelection. Excited about the prospect of continuing the town's work of maintaining the "special quality of life found in Malta," Thomas said she wants to build on the foundation the town government has already laid.

"I can make a difference," said Thomas of her desire to be elected to the Malta Town Board. "I will bring an independent voice. My presence within the town family will send a positive message."

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