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Candidates square off in races for Theresa supervisor; Pamelia faces write-in

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There are a number of contested town offices across Jefferson County on Tuesday’s ballots.

In the race for Theresa town supervisor, Democrat Howard C. Schnettler Jr. faces Republican Steven Marcinkowski for a four-year term, while four candidates are vying for two town justice openings.

After serving five years, Supervisor Clinton A. Coolidge will step down Dec. 3.

Mr. Marcinkowski, 46, has been chairman of the town Planning Board for the past two years. As supervisor, he said, he would fight to ensure residential property taxes aren’t raised.

Mr. Marcinkowski would also like to see the town spearhead more initiatives to lure businesses to the area by collaborating with the village.

He earned an associate’s degree in mortuary science from the Simmons Institute of Funeral Service, Syracuse, in 1987.

Mr. Schnettler, 60, is a water-meter maintenance mechanic for the Watertown Water Department, where he’s worked for the past 29 years. He is on the Board of Trustees for the village of Theresa, a position he’s held for about 14 years.

Mr. Schnettler ran for supervisor four years ago against Mr. Coolidge. The Democrat was encouraged to run again by Jefferson County legislator Allen T. Drake, D-Theresa, a former town supervisor.

“I’d like to see more cooperation between the village and the town, and that’s the main thrust of why I’m running,” he said.

He said recruiting a senior living facility to set up shop in Theresa, for example, could be a project leaders could cooperate on.

Residents will vote for two out of four candidates who are running for four-year terms as town justice: incumbent Democrat Roger K. Duvall, Democrat Rachel A. Roberts, and Republicans Edward J. Klepacz and Leonard A. Simpson. The second vacant seat was created when former Justice Alan F. Whitcomb resigned about three months ago.

Pamelia write-in

In Pamelia, Republican Scott J. Allen was defeated by Pamelia Supervisor Lawrence C. Longway in September’s primary election but hopes to have a second chance as a write-in candidate

Mr. Longway will be listed as an uncontested candidate on Tuesday’s election ballot, but Mr. Allen mailed a letter to residents last week in an attempt to forge a last-minute write-in campaign.

The letter, which includes the phrase “Longway is the wrong way,” makes reference to previous allegations that Mr. Longway no longer was eligible to vote in New York state after claiming to be a permanent resident of Hillsborough County, Fla., where he has a home. The Jefferson County Board of Elections, which investigated the matter for two weeks, ruled that Mr. Longway is a registered state voter.

Since January, Mr. Longway has claimed a commercial building in Pamelia that he owns as his primary residence: Long-Park Tire at 23751 Route 342. The town of Pamelia does not have a zoning law prohibiting residents from living in commercial buildings.

Mr. Longway defeated Mr. Allen 149-94 in September’s primary election.

Facing off for the town clerk/tax collector position in Pamelia will be Republican Allison M. Couse and Democrat Gwen E. Call.

other races

n Wilna: Francis M. Skvorak, Susan E. Storms and James F. Rogers are competing for two Town Council positions. Mr. Skvorak and Mrs. Storms are incumbents, with Mrs. Storms having been appointed to fill the seat of her husband, Michael, who died April 6.

n Hounsfield: A three-person race is set for two seats on the Town Council, with one of those made vacant by the departure of Vincent J. Battista III to run for mayor of Sackets Harbor. Incumbent Republican Todd R. Farrington is joined on the ballot by Democrats Carson D. Lennox and Timothy R. Queior.

n Sackets Harbor: In the village, Mr. Battista is running unopposed for mayor. In the race for village Board of Trustees, incumbent Republicans Daniel E. Frechette and Peter R. Daly are competing with Democrat Corry J. Lawler for two seats.

n Lorraine: Four people are running for two spots on the Town Council. Republican Deputy Supervisor David D. Johnson is joined in the race by Democrats Virginia Faye Clemens and Alfred Elliott, along with For the People Party candidate Stephen J. Pierson.

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