A clash is brewing in the Town of Milton as Republican candidates square off among each other, causing a looming primary race for town elected offices this September.
Called the Committee for Responsible Government in the Town of Milton, five candidates have thrown their hats in the ring. Members of the town's Republican party, after failing to receive party nods, the men obtained Independence Party and Conservative Party endorsements and enough signatures to force a run-off.
Those candidates are John Cromie for town supervisor, challenging incumbent Frank Thompson; Martin Nardella for town clerk, challenging incumbent Bill Mevec; Doug Bennett and Shane Flint for town council seats, challenging incumbents Alison Saul and Joe Miranda; and Mark Eubrick for highway supervisor, challenging Dave Forbes.
As an added ingredient in the town political environment, Democrat Meg Stevens on June 25, announced her bid for a town council seat, and will begin campaigning heavily at this week's Saratoga County Fair.
The Dems held their first caucus in recent history on July 11 to approve their support of Stevens, but their search for additional candidates has proved fruitless to date.
Nardella said he is aware that he faces an uphill battle running against Mevec, who has been in office for 33 years, but Nardella is confident his public record will entice voters.
I've been an active and respectable resident of Milton for 31 years, said Nardella. "I was the owner of Milton Movies and served on the Milton Planning Board for nine years, with the last four years as chairman."
During his tenure on the planning board, Nardella said he was instrumental in numerous planning developments such as Rowland Hollow East, West Two, Pheasant Run and Milton Oaks, to name a few. He also volunteered more than five years for the Children's Park Program, setting up parks and recreational activities, and served as town justice from 1996 to 2005.