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Altamont mayoral race nears

Gaughan said he also helped secure several grants for the police department, senior citizens and cyber-protection software used by the Altamont police to help track Internet stalkers.

His challenger, Harvey Vlahos, sat on the Village Board of Trustees from 2003 to 2007 years ago, and finished second to Gaughan in the 2005 mayoral election, four years ago.

Vlahos said he has reservations about some of Gaughan's tenure.

"I realized near the end of the campaign that Jim Gaughan spent $7,000 for a village race. That bothered me not because I lost, but it just changes the whole way people get elected," Vlahos said.

Vlhaos took issue with mayor Gaughan's contributors, coming from outside of Altamont. He said contributors from California, Illinios, Virginia and New York City comprised a large portion of the $7,000 Gaughan raised.

Gaughan acknowledged the money, claiming he was unsure how much money would be needed to make a successful run, and raised as much as he could from family and friends from around the country. He noted that he filed all of the proper paperwork, as he did in this election.

Gaughan also claimed Vlahos has not filed any paper work related to his 2005 bid or this election.

Vlahos said that since he has not raised more than $1,000 he is not required to file. He said he raised close to $500 in 2005 and plans to raise the same amount this time around.

Vlahos criticized Gaughan for what he characterized as the mismanagement of a legal settlement regarding the senior housing complex Brandle Meadows and the 5-acres of land that featured a well that rested on private property.

Vlahos contested that the legal battle was drawn out longer then it needed, and the village had spent close to $30,000 on legal fees, he added.

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