The New Scotland Republican Committee has selected Mike Fields, 71, to replace Karen Moreau as its candidate for Supervisor, as of Monday, July 27.
Lance Luther, who now serves as chairman of the committee after Joseph DeFronzo stepped down from the position on Thursday, July 16, released the announcement. Moreau dropped out of the race the day before.
I am pleased to announce that the committee to fill vacancies has selected Mike Fields as candidate for New Scotland supervisor. Mike is a lifelong resident of the Town of New Scotland and currently resides in Voorheesville. Mike has previously served as Town Board member and was also the Village of Voorheesville building inspector, according to statement from Luther.
"Mike also has over 40 years of management and administrative experience in various fields of industry. Mike's extensive background, experience and thorough knowledge of the important issues make him an exceptional candidate.
"I really wasn't happy with the way they were running the town board," Fields said.
He said town board meetings have become "chaotic," and his years of management experience, which include 25 years at Albany Medical Center Hospital as an assistant manager of operation, overseeing nearly 120 employees, will serve the town well.
"I've solved a lot of problems in my day," he said.
Fields said he is not in favor of big-box development, but does not support a size cap on retail buildings. He said instead, the town board must find a way to control development without handicapping new developers, and businesses in town looking to expand.
He also said big-box is no small issue, but other town business should also be addressed. He cited taxes and water as priorities he will address if elected.
Fields was born and raised in Voorheesville and has been a resident of town for 70 years. He served on the town board from 1996 to 1999, he said.
"I look forward to assisting Mike towards a very successful campaign," Luther said.