"I happen to know the newly minted Republican who has expressed an interest in seeking a primary against Tara (Thomas). In fact, I consider him a friend," said Smith. "Peter is a decent, honorable man. I have nothing bad or negative to say about him as a person. I must say, publicly, for the record, that since he just became a Republican a little less than a year ago, Peter Klotz is, in my opinion, making a mistake in seeking a Republican primary."
Klotz is the First Pastor of the St. Peter Lutheran Church, current chairman of the Malta Planning Board, and a 20-year veteran of the Malta Ambulance Corps. He currently chairs the town's ethics board and also serves as a member of the Planning and Zoning Update Committee, the Emergency Planning committee, and the Downtown Greenspace and Economic Development Study Steering Committee. Past committee involvement has included the Comprehensive Master Plan Update Committee, the Zoning Code Update Committee and selection committees for town engineers and consultants for the North/South Corridor Study.
In addition to his volunteer work with the town, Klotz has played a vital role in the development of the Malta Ambulance Corps as he was involved in transitioning the agency to paramedic level service with paid staffing. He helped to manage the construction of the new multi-million dollar facility.
"Many people and many businesses have discovered that Malta is a very desirable place to live and work. We will continue to grow. We need to do our best to shape that growth along the lines of the shared vision that has been laid out in our planning documents," said Klotz. "I have been an active part of the defining and the implementing of that vision. I think that my experience and my involvement make me well qualified to ask the Republican voters for their support."