In a town still ringing with loud and clear public criticism of political alliances, Tuesday's votes brought two newcomers to the town board, one a Democrat and one a Republican daughter of a town official.
The Rev. Peter Klotz, a Republican, running on Democratic and Republican lines, earned 2,195 votes, while newcomer Republican Tara Thomas, daughter of Town Clerk Flo Sickels, earned 1,526 votes. Incumbent council member Donna Gizzi received 1,161 votes.
Klotz handily won the party primaries for the Republican endorsement in October. He caused a stir when he bucked partisan traditions by teaming up with Cynthia Young, Democratic candidate for town clerk, and Gizzi, who placed third in the primaries behind Thomas with a slogan, Hands across the parties.
At a gathering late Tuesday, Nov. 6, at Andy's in Malta, Klotz thanked his family, volunteers and supporters, but said the night wasn't a complete celebration because his campaign team didn't sweep the polls.
"I'm certainly disappointed for Cynthia and Donna," said Klotz. "I look forward to working with the board as we move ahead. Throughout my career, and with the Malta Ambulance Corps, I've been known as a consensus maker, and I hope to bring those abilities to the town board now."
Klotz is currently the town's planning board chairman, Malta ethics board chairman, member of the Malta planning and zoning update committee, Malta Greenspace and Economic Development Study steering committee, Malta emergency planning committee and Saratoga County emergency planning committee.
Tuesday night at Bentley's Tavern in Malta, a celebration party was held for Republican winners, including Thomas for a town council seat.
"I think my mother and I have made history for being the first two-generational elected officials," said Thomas. "The Thomas campaign was about being positive and bringing change, but putting families first. This message registered with voters."