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New Scotland Dems eye incumbents

Candidates point to prior accomplishments, hopeful for support

— New Scotland Democrats are winding up to stand behind incumbents this local election season, and pointing to their accomplishments.

The town Democratic Committee has endorsed incumbents for the upcoming election, but party members are scheduled to hold a nominating caucus on Thursday, June 20, to solidify the slate. The caucus is open to any registered Democrat in the town and will be held at 7 p.m. in the New Scotland Community Center. Town Democratic Committee Chairman Michael MacKey said there aren’t any party members seeking to challenge incumbents.

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Tom Dolin

The incumbents seeking reelection are Town Supervisor Tom Dolin, Deputy Supervisor Douglas LaGrange, Councilman Daniel Mackay, Town Clerk Diane Deschenes and Highway Superintendent Ken Guyer.

Attempts to reach the town Republican officials were not successful. GOP officials on the county level did not have information on the party’s slate.

Dolin said he initially ran for office because he saw it as an opportunity to get out of retirement and contribute to his community. He is seeking his third two-year term as supervisor. He was formerly a confidential law clerk for the Albany County Court system.

“I have some projects that I hope to accomplish that are unfinished and I think with one more term I would be able to accomplish that,” Dolin said.

Some of the projects he is looking forward to seeing through include the completion of the New Salem Water District project and breaking ground on the Kensington Woods housing development.

Dolin said he is “fiscally prudent” and will keep taxes low, while maintaining cash reserves at a “healthy” level.

“I recognize the economy hasn’t fully recovered … so it is important we try to manage the government to keep taxes as low as practical,” he said.

LaGrange, who is seeking his third four-year term on the Town Board, said an important issue for him is continuing “to strive to find the best way to provide the services the town provides with the least impact on the taxpayers’ wallets.”

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