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New Scotland GOP meeting tonight over supervisor replacement

The race for New Scotland supervisor took a sudden turn last week when Republican candidate Karen Moreau dropped out of the race against incumbent Democrat Thomas Dolin.

The Republican Committee's new chairman, who has led the party in the past, Lane Luther said his party will be considering new candidates tonight at 7 p.m. However, the town's party will only be making recommendations to the Albany County Republican Committee, according to Luther.

We are going to meet and will be looking at a number of people and will be conducting a thorough search to recommend quality candidates, Luther said. The county's executive GOP committee has until Friday, July 24, to make a final determination on recommendations for candidates to appear on the ballot.

Moreau dropped out of the race because she was offered a new job, according to the town's former GOP chair, Joseph DeFronzo, who stepped down from his political position on Thursday, July 16.

Moreau could not be reached for comment immediately, but Dolin said he is marching on in his campaign for re-election.

"I've been busy trying to attain the Independence Party line and Conservative Party line and handed in petitions to the county Board of Elections," Dolin said. "I think the development proposal is the defining issue for all the candidates this year. I'm definitely against the big-box proposal and the majority of the town is, too."

As for another potential GOP rival, Dolin said, "I heard they've been attempting to recruit someone."

For updates on the new GOP selections in New Scotland and Albany County, check back at www.spotlightnews.com, or read the Wednesday, July 22, print edition of The Spotlight.

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