BALLSTON: Dem wins top spot

Ireland and Szczepaniak campaigned as a team and pledged to consult with traffic experts and engineers to draft future plans for keeping conditions safe on Route 50 and Lakehill Road, particularly with school children and buses frequenting the area, and to balance business growth downtown. They also promoted the need for new and expanded town parks, such as improving Jenkins Park.

Seymour, a biology teacher and the kindergarten-through-12th-grade science coordinator for the BH-BL district, said late Tuesday night the campaign was a good experience.

"It was very positive; I campaigned with great people," said Seymour. "One of the highlights was the candidates night; my daughter said she was very proud of me. I'm not going to decide tonight if I'll ever run again."

Incumbent Hogue holds tax collector seat

Republican Anne Hogue, the town's tax collector since 1994, earned 1,701 votes, beating Democratic candidate Peter Petrillose, who earned 980 votes.

Hogue spoke strongly during her campaigning, compared to Petrillose who had a lower profile.

"It's not a glamorous job, and to suggest as my opponent has that the tax collector has any say in the future budget in untrue," said Hogue. "I have brought the office into the 20th century by computerizing the system to handle the town's growth."

A Burnt Hills native, Hogue and her husband, Glenn, are also the owners of Fo'Castle Farm Country Store, the fourth generation to continue business at the Ballston landmark.

Swatling unopposed as town clerk

Republican Muriel Swatling was voted in to her 31st year as town clerk, running unopposed. Swatling earned 1,981 votes on Election Day. She gained her experience while serving as deputy town clerk from 1959 through 1972 for her father, Herbert C. Ketchum, who was town clerk from 1941 through 1972.""

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