Village candidate keeps Conservative line

County steps in to clear up ballot confusion

— This year’s election cycle in the Village of Colonie is shaping up to be more contentious than in years past, with three candidates vying for two trustees seats.

The village, which hasn’t seen a contested election in nearly 20 years, experienced some ballot hiccups recently when Lawrence Warner’s petition to run on the Conservative line was initially denied, a move that was later reversed after a decision by the Albany County Board of Elections.

Village Clerk Patricia Hurley said it has been close to two decades since a seat was last contested in an election.

“(It was) before I was the clerk and before the lady before me was the clerk,” said Hurley. “I don’t know the exact date but it’s been at least 16 or 20 years.”

The three candidates seeking office on Tuesday, March 18, are incumbent Tom Tobin, a member of Your Village Party, who has been on the board since 1998; Patrice Lockhart an Albany County legislator who is also running as a Your Village Party member; and Warner, a 20-year veteran of the Albany County Sheriff’s Department who is running for political office for his first time on the Independent and Conservative lines.

Betty Film, who has served on the Village Board since 1979, is not seeking reelection.

The issue with the ballot initially arose when Warner registered as a Conservative. He was already on the Independent line, and going for two ballot lines is something that isn’t typically done on the village level, according to village attorney David Marinucci.

“He’s there in two different places. There was never any issue with him running on the Independent line; the issue was with him running on the Conservative Party line,” said Marinucci. “Most villages are apolitical. There’s never been a major political party line that has ran.”

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