MALONE –– Two political newcomers who were unsuccessful in the bids for public office in 2019 will face off this November over a vacant seat on the Malone Town Board.
Democrat Nate Hathaway and Republican Brian Taylor were chosen by their respective parties’ executive committees to run for the Town Board seat vacated by Democrat Candy Gadway. Gadway announced she was stepping down from the board earlier this month, saying she was moving out of the town because of family issues and would not longer be eligible to hold her seat.
Hathaway, a social studies teacher at Franklin Academy and president of the Malone Federation of Teachers, finished tied for third in a four-way contest for two seats on the Malone Village Board last year in his first bid for elected office. After a race that was ultimately decided by absentee ballots, incumbent Republican Archie McKee and Democrat Brian Langdon were reelected. Hathaway finished tied with Republican Matt Boyea, who was subsequently appointed to the board by Republican Mayor Andrea Dumas.
Boyea is running against Democrat Carly Walbridge to retain his spot on the Village Board.
Taylor, a corrections officer, also fell short in his first try for elected office in November, losing his bid for a seat on the Malone Town Board to former board member Paul Walbridge and newcomer Jody Johnston, both Democrats.
Like the village race, the town contest was ultimately decided by absentee ballots. Taylor, the son of former Town Board member Louise Taylor, had trailed Walbridge by only 30 votes on election night, but the veteran expanded his lead when the paper votes were counted.
The other unsuccessful GOP candidate in November, local pro-police activist Mike Fournier, had also expressed interest in the seat, but the Republican Committee settled on Taylor to carry the party banner.
Hathaway had “enjoyed the support of the entire (Democratic) committee,” town chair Christine Crossman-Dumas said.
A Taylor victory in November would shift control of the Town Board from the Democrats to the Republicans. Gadway had given the Democrats a 3-2 majority on the board, but if Taylor joins Supervisor Andrea Stewart and board member Terry Maguire, the GOP would enjoy the majority.