On Tuesday, Sept. 18, Malta Republicans will vote in a primary to see who will run on the Republican line for town board. Three candidates, Donna Gizzi, Peter Klotz and Tara Thomas, are vying for the two openings for the four-year positions.
Each candidate says they bring a unique perspective on how to govern Malta, but all say that their first duty is to serve the citizens.
We need to listen to what the people want that's what we're there for," said Gizzi, an incumbent, who has served on the board for a year and a half.
Said Thomas, "Being an elected official, you are on call 24/7 for the benefit of the community.
Many issues have emerged as hot topics for the election.
Klotz said he feels "the kind of development that's going to be happening" is key. He said the expansion to the town done through projects such as the Saratoga Hospital, Park Place along Route 9 and Ellsworth Commons ("a rather large mixed-use development"), would be a focus of his term in office.
Gizzi said she too feels that expansion is a critical point. She said working on community projects, such as the expansion of the community center, are just as important.
"(This is a) pay as you go community," said Gizzi regarding her stance on funding those projects. "I don't want to change that. We don't need to burden them [tax payers] any more."
Thomas states that growth in Malta and proper use of taxes are the main issues of her campaign.
"I believe that we will be facing overdevelopment in the future, and I feel that it is important to preserve our quality of life," she said.
Thomas said that being friendlier toward small businesses and bringing more cultural offerings, such as the arts and music, to Malta would benefit the people greatly.