With the November 7 general election approaching, the list of candidates running for positions in government in the Town and Village of Pawling has taken shape. The roster includes several key officials who are seeking re-election, as well new figures seeking political office.
Slates are typically determined by a two-step process. First, Pawling residents aspiring to political office are selected by their respective party committees and membership. The candidates then petition Pawling voters to receive the required number of signatures to be added to the ballot in November. Democratic (D) candidates must receive 71 signatures; Republicans (R) require 106; Independents (IND) need 111 signatures; and Conservatives (CON) need 6 signatures to be officially added to the ballot. In total, there are 5,441 registered voters in the Town and Village of Pawling. Among them, 1,426 are registered Democrats; 2,105 Republicans; 351 Independents; and 106 Conservatives.
In the Town of Pawling, there will be seven offices to be filled in the general election.
James Schmitt (R) will be running unopposed for Town Supervisor, a two-year appointment. Two Town Board positions will be contested among incumbent William Johnson (R), James “Jimbo” McCarthy (R), and Drew Montgomery (D). Town Clerk Catherine Giordano (R), Town Justice David Daniels (R), and Tax Collector Barbara Tyson (R) are all seeking re-election to their respective four-year terms. The race for Town Highway Superintendent will be decided between John “Jay” Dickinson (R) and current Superintendent John Daley (D)
In the Village, Mayor Robert Liffland (R) is seeking another four-year appointment. Village
Justice Taren Cummings (R) is running for re-election to this four-year position. Lauri Taylor (R) and incumbent Earl Slocum (R) are running for the two open four-year Village Trustee offices.
At the County level, two candidates from Pawling will be vying for the position of Dutchess County Legislator in District 23. Incumbent John Thomes (R) will be seeking re-election against Helen Grosso (D).
Pawling Public Radio/WPWL has recently agreed to sponsor a “Meet the Candidates” night in that will give each candidate a chance to outline platforms and answer questions about the upcoming election. The League of Women Voters will oversee the event, to take place on October 24 at the Pawling Middle School. (To learn more online, visit: PawlingPublicRadio.org.)
For more information on the upcoming election and polling places, please visit the Dutchess County Board of Elections website at www.DutchessElections.com.