Malta town board candidate seeking medical treatment

On Sunday, Klotz was following doctor's orders and keeping a short distance away from his parishioners to limit possible contact with germs that could cause a common cold.

"That means very few handshakes, which is tough for me," said Klotz, who is known to be gregarious.

Klotz said aside from feeling fatigued from time to time, the illness has come on with few symptoms.

"All along, the doctors have told me that there has been no need to change my routine or level of activity related to St. Peter's, the town or the campaign, just to rest when I feel tired," said Klotz.

At the Republican primaries last week, Klotz earned the lion's share of the votes, with 665 in total, compared to candidate Tara Thomas, who received 569 votes, and Donna Gizzi, who received 515 votes.

Klotz has been the chairman of the Malta Planning Board for three years and a member of the planning board for seven years. He chairs the Malta Ethics Committee; is a member of the Planning Zoning Update Committee; a member of the Malta Emergency Management Committee; a member of the Saratoga Emergency Planning Committee; and a Certified Emergency Response Team Trainer. He is a 20-year member of the Malta Ambulance Corps, where he has served as president, captain and treasurer, responding with the team to more than 1,000 calls.

Klotz founded St. Peter Lutheran Church in Malta 19 years ago. He has been an ordained minister for 24 years. He was a two-term dean of the Hudson Mohawk Conference. Klotz was born in Schenectady and graduated from Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake High School. He earned his bachelor's degree in psychology and religious studies at SUNY Buffalo, and his master of divinity degree from the Lutheran Theology Seminary at Philadelphia. Klotz, who celebrated his 50th birthday this year, and his wife, Ann, have two sons, David and Peter.

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