Voters in the village of Brushton will be faced with something they haven’t seen in many years –– two candidates vying for a single position.
Incumbent Mayor Kevin Pentalow and former Village Clerk Dawn Barney filed petitions to run for Pentalow’s post. Pentalow was elected four years ago as a write-in candidate, receiving the most votes among five people who had their names penciled in by village voters.
Barney, the daughter-in-law of former longtime Mayor Don Barney, said her decision to challenge Pentalow was not based on the mayor’s conviction for driving while intoxicated last year. She praised Pentalow for some of the initiatives he has put in place since he became mayor in an effort to instill civic pride and provide more opportunities for village residents, but noted that other village residents were concerned about what happened.
Barney, who also previously held a seat on the Moira Town Board, said she wanted to “try to bring everybody back together.”
“It’s always good to have a choice,” she said.
Pentalow said he welcomed the competition, which should help strengthen the village government. He also said he was pleased that there were also candidates who circulated petitions for the two trustee seats, in contrast to past elections in which village offices were frequently filled by write-ins.
“I’m really happy that there’s a lot more interest in the village now,” he said.
Incumbent Trustee Sue Martin, who was elected alongside Pentalow as a write-in four years ago, and Justin Stickney, who was appointed to the board Thursday to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Jodi Childs last month, each filed petitions to run for their respective seats. Unless ousted by a write-in candidate, Stickney will fill the remaining three years of Child’s term.
Childs cited the demands of her job as a music teacher in the Brushton-Moira Central School District in tendering her resignation, Village Clerk Mary Pentalow said.
The Brushton mayoral race will be the only contest in the three northern Franklin County villages holding elections next month.
In the village of Burke, Mayor Craig Dumas and Trustee Gary Lewis were the only candidates to file petitions for the two offices on the ballot this year. Dumas has been the mayor since 2009, when he was appointed to fill a vacancy created when then-Mayor Lewis stepped down after becoming Franklin County highway superintendent. Lewis returned to the Village Board as trustee in 2011 after retiring from his county post.
Neither man has had any opposition in their election bids. Both terms run for two years.
In the village of Chateaugay, incumbent trustees Valerie Dalton and Elizabeth Couillard are also unopposed in their reelection bids. Dalton is seeking her third two-year term, have first been elected as a write-in candidate in 2016, then running without opposition in 2018. Couillard is seeking her second term on the Village Board.
Northern Franklin County’s other –– and largest –– village, Malone, holds its elections in November.