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New Scotland elects nonpartisan team, anti 'big box'

Unofficial polls in New Scotland show incumbent Supervisor Tom Dolin, a Democrat, winning a second term, along with cross-endorsed candidate Doug LaGrange and newcomer Daniel Mackay winning seats on the town board.

The trio ran as a team on the \No Big-Box platform, as the candidates support a size cap of 50,000 square feet on retail buildings in the commercial zone.

"Hopefully this is a referendum on how the residents want the town to look in the future. I think the people have spoken," Dolin said. "I want to thank every voter who came out."

Dolin said he viewed the results as a statement by the public that they value the town's rural character.

"They like the town the way it is, and they want to keep it that way," he said.

Both parties spent Election Day at the Veterans of Foreign Wars post in Voorheesville, splitting the buildings by floor. The Republicans had the basement, while the non-partisan team had the upstairs.

Danial Mackay, who has never run for office before, said he was "stunned and pleased" by the election and looks forward to getting to work, serving the public.

"I am eager to serve the entire town," Mackay, one of the founding members of the advocacy group New Scotlanders for Sound Economic Development, said.

Mackay works as the director of public policy of the Preservation League of New York state.

Mackay said its time to "move forward quickly and implement a size cap law for New Scotland," which he said will be a lot of work.

He could not have dreamed of taking a shot at Town Board, Mackay said, but "when it came time, someone had to run for office."

Mackay also called on his neighbors, and supporters to stay involved in the political process and he said an open and transparent process is something he will strive for.

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