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Canton mayor retains GOP nod for November election; challenged by trustee

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CANTON — Incumbent Village Mayor David C. Curry captured the Republican nomination Wednesday night during a GOP caucus that pitted him against Trustee Mary Ann Ashley for the mayor’s seat.

During a caucus that drew about 70 people to the municipal building, Mr. Curry received 33 votes while Ms. Ashley garnered 22.

Voting was done by paper ballot. Mr. Curry now will be on the Nov. 5 ballot as the Republican candidate for mayor. The Canton Democrats are scheduled to caucus Wednesday night for town and village races.

“Each candidate has his backers,” Mr. Curry said following the results. “I sure wasn’t going to come into this caucus without my backers and Mary Ann had hers.”

Ms. Ashley declined to comment.

The Republican caucus also chose two candidates for two village trustee seats. Incumbent Michael Dalton accepted the nomination while political newcomer Nicholas C. Kocher, 45 Spears St., also was nominated. Mr. Kocher is employed as an assistant business administration professor at SUNY Canton.

Incumbent Trustee Joseph Frank is not seeking re-election.

Mr. Curry was nominated by Roette P. McMasters, 24 Buck St., while Ms. Ashley was nominated by Michael K. Morgan.

“Nothing against David Curry, but I think she (Ms. Ashley) would be a good leader on the board to take us in the direction we need to go in the future,” Mr. Morgan said.

Mrs. McMasters chose not to speak about Mr. Curry before the voting.

“I could say a lot of things, but I’ll just be quiet,” she said.

After the results, Mrs. McMasters explained her reasons for nominating Mr. Curry for his second term.

“I feel David’s heart is in the right place. He is a native Cantonian and he has a feel for what the people want,” she said. “A lot of people don’t like him because they don’t understand him. When you get down to it, he loves the village of Canton.”

All village seats are two-year terms. Mr. Curry is finishing his first two-year term as mayor and has previously served as a trustee.

Mr. Morgan also was nominated to a trustee seat, but he declined the nomination. He currently serves as chair of the Town of Canton Planning Board.

Thomas Jenison served as chair of the caucus.

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