Primary brews on Independence line

Longtime Indy figure Ken Champagne secures party endorsement

— “I’ve worked in this town trying to bring about change since 1992. I’ve spoken up at many board meetings over years in support of employees. I’ve stood up to Mary Brizzell when they were doing unconstitutional things,” Champagne said. “I’ve been very active in the town over the years.”

Mahan said she has no concerns about the primary race and while campaigning, she said she’s received positive feedback from the public.

“I’m very confident that the people appreciate the jobs that I’m doing and my administration. We’ve had amazing accomplishments with paying off the deficit, stabilizing the town financially,” Mahan said.

Mahan said when it comes to Champagne, she’s not going to “focus on him,” but rather, her job.

“I know Ken Champagne, he’s done this in the past, threatening primaries. I’m focused on doing my job, that’s my first obligation,” Mahan said. “He has the right to put his name out there. But my focus is on my job and the people.”

Beside his previous run for office, Champagne has been involved in past supervisor races. In 2009, allegations were made by Republican supervisor candidate Mike Hoblock saying Champagne had offered the Independence Party’s support in exchange for a position within the town.

At the time, Champagne told The Spotlight, “What I told Hoblock was that I may be getting considered for a position with the town, and if that happens, of course it may affect my decision.”

At the time, Hoblock called it a “dirty deal” while Champagne said there had been no wrongdoing. He maintains that position today, and declined to comment further.

Mahan, Champagne or both candidates will face Republican Todd Drake in the November general election.

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