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Heuvelton Republicans tap Knowlton for vacant trustee seat

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HEUVELTON — Village Republicans have selected William E. Knowlton to run in November for the trustee seat left vacant by Scott A. Thornhill, who resigned his post this month.

Mr. Thornill resigned his trustee seat because he moved out of the village and into Ogdensburg, where he now heads the city’s Department of Public Works.

Mayor Barbara A. Lashua had the option of appointing someone to serve as trustee for the one year remaining on Mr. Thornhill’s term, but said she decided to let village Republicans put forth their own candidate for the job.

She said GOP officials held a caucus Aug. 13, nominating Mr. Knowlton.

“We could have appointed someone for the remainder of Scott’s unexpired term, but I decided not to appoint anyone,” Ms. Lashua said.

If elected Nov. 4, Mr. Knowlton will fill the one year remaining on Mr. Thornhill’s term.

Elected officials in the village serve two years.

Republican Trustees Neil R. Parish and E. Jack Wood are seeking re-election in November, according to Ms. Lashua, who is also a Republican. She said the strong GOP presence on the board is a reflection of the party’s prominence in Heuvelton.

“Our board has always been heavily Republican, but we have had Democrats on the board,” Ms. Lashua said, pointing to the village’s only Democratic trustee, Agustus J. Guardino.

Ms. Lashua said in her 20 years in Heuvelton politics serving as both a mayor and a trustee, she can recall few Democratic caucuses in the village.

“We have only had one Democratic caucus in the whole time I’ve been on the board,” Ms. Lashua said.

St. Lawrence County Republican Election Commissioner Thomas A. Nichols said Democrats in Heuvelton still have time to field candidates for the village board under state election guidelines, but to do so they would have to hurry.

Mr. Nichols said the deadline for candidates chosen by caucus for the Nov. 4 general election is Sept. 16.

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