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Monday, June 20, 2005

Jim Adams Announces Candidacy

Jim Adams of River Road announced Saturday he will be running for Lindley Town Councilman on the Republican ticket.

21 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good for him. Nice to see some competition surfacing for the various offices.

11:03 AM  
Anonymous A Reader said...

My Gal Sal-
Could you bring us up to speed on who's on first in reference to the councilperson's position and the other town board offices? Who is up for re-election,what party do they run under , who has been appointed,what are their terms of office,who is running,what happens if Stermer runs for supervisor-does he vacate the councilman
position.
Probably town clerk has all the answers, but you do a good job of getting the word out and people should know.

11:45 AM  
Anonymous Might be Interested said...

What are the hours and pay for these jobs? What do I have to do to run for office?

4:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Has Harold Semple decided not to run again or is he running for town supervisor? Is the town highway super job up for election?

4:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think Jim Adams is a good man and will do a good job! We need more new people to run for the town offices. Remember a new broom sweeps clean!!

5:49 PM  
Anonymous Sallyann said...

I'll answers these questions off the cuff. I'll correct the answers if I'm in error.

Councilman positions:

Jerry Simcoe's term is up 12/31/05 so his council position is open. Jerry will run on the Democratic ticket.

Jake Gross was appointed to serve out Ammon Titus's council postion after Ammon died. That council position is also up at the end of this year. Jake will run on the Democratic ticket.

So there's "two" councilmen postions open for election. Jim Adams, as I announced, is running for a council postion. Basically, who ever gets the most votes and then the second most votes will win the two councilmen seats.

If Paul Stermer is elected as Lindley Town Supervisor, then the Town Board will appoint someone to fill his council position. Who ever that person is will serve out Paul's term on the council.

If Paul loses his bid for Town Supervisor, then he will remain as a councilman.

Incumbents up for re-election are:

Dick Johnson, Highway Superintendent

Dee Hill, Town Clerk

Susie Williamee, Town Justice

Currently, Dee, Dick and Susie are running unopposed.

Harold Semple has announced that he will not seek another term as Town Supervisor. Altogether Harold served four terms (8 years)as our Town Supervisor.

Hours and pay for these jobs: I will have to get back to you with these numbers.

Paul and I must run-off in the Republican Primary September 13, 2005.

The Lindley Democrats will hold a caucus late August to select their candidates.

For the person who inquired about "running for office": If you are a Republican, no matter what office you are running for, you must get 29 registered Republicans to sign your petition. Once you've filled your required signatures, then your petition is submitted to the Board of Elections in Bath for the names and addresses to be verified.

I'll get back to you about how the Democrats select their candidates.

9:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Where does one get the petition that has to be signed?

10:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Are you sure about paul being able to continue to serve. i am under the impression that when he runs for supervisor,his council position is up for election also..

10:26 PM  
Anonymous Sallyann said...

Regarding where do you get a petition: Go to the Town Clerk's Office in Lindley, and Dee will give you a petition if you're going to run as a Republican.

Regarding Paul Stermer's council position being open for election if he runs for Supervisor:
I don't think so. If Paul "wins" the Supervisor position, then his councilman seat will be vacant. The Town Board would have to appoint someone to fill it. If he loses his bid, he can return to his councilman position.

11:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How many assessors are up for election?

11:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hope there will be 2 Republicans going for the councilman job. How about a woman candidate??

9:34 AM  
Anonymous Town Clerk said...

Information
postions that are up for re-elections
Councilman-Gerry Simcoe Term 4 year
Councilman-Jake Gross Term 4 Year
Supervisor- Term 2 years
Running for Supervisor Paul Stermer & Sally Orr
Town Clerk- Term 2 years
Running for Town Clerk Dee Hill
Town Justice- Term 4 year
running for Town Justice Susan Williamee
Assessor- Term 4 year
Running for assessor Brenda Criss
Highway Supt.- Term 2 year
Running for Highway Dick Johnson

9:45 AM  
Anonymous Town Clerk said...

Information.
If Paul Stermer wins the Supervisor position, he must resign from councilman, so then the Town Board can appoint someone for 1 year, then the person must run for a 1 year unexpired term. Then run for a 4 year term.
For petitions you can pick them up here at the town hall, petitions must be turned in by july 11-14 at the Board of elections in Bath.

9:52 AM  
Anonymous Sallyann said...

Well done, Dee. Now if you could post the salaries for the positions that would be great!

10:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If all a person is interested in is the salary, are they truly interested in the welfare of the town?

11:30 AM  
Anonymous Heres a Thought said...

I dont think there is a salary big enough for dedication. Trust me, a person running for anything in a small town is not doing it for money. They do it because they truly care about the community. May I also mention, when a person decides to have a town position for his/her career, without the backing and support of family and friends, one cannot be successful. Most of us have one or perhaps two bosses to answer to, any job of this nature requires hundreds of people in the town being your boss...can you imagine? The townspeople vote you in a position and the townspeople are who you answer to. What THEY ask for and desire is the ultimate goal. Not just 8-5 either. Their jobs are 24/7. Dedication? You bet! And to me, thats PRICELESS.

3:31 PM  
Anonymous Sallyann said...

I'd like to give "heres a thought" a double thumbs up for their incredibly well written and insightful comment about dedication to community. I'd like to also add that most every person who has "stepped up to the plate" and served Lindley has done so out of pure love and interest in the well being of the town and their fellow man. I often think of the "volunteer" firefighters and why they do what they do.

9:09 PM  
Anonymous Heres A Thought said...

Sally,
Thanks for the "thumbs up"! The dedicated individuals that are now, and have in the past, served Lindley are many reasons I feel proud to be from Lindley. Comparing them to volunteer fireman was an excellent reference! Ya know, when you stop and think about it, Id say we have been pretty fortunate. Not to mention lucky that these few people took on the challenges they decided to and do such a great job doing so. A big "pat-on-the-back" and job well done to all of you! As well as "Thank You".

10:10 PM  
Anonymous Two Cents said...

On the other hand -maybe the person inquiring is new to the area and Lindley town politics. I was brought up to believe that there is no such thing as a dumb question and to ask if you didn't know. I am willing to wager a bet that most people in town don't know the salaries of the town officials that is only published yearly in the small print of the legals. Perhaps, most don't care,but remember many of our newer residents are moving here from Metropolitan,urban areas where some of these of jobs are political plums.Example- I wonder how much the Erwin Town Clerk makes and how many hours a week she is required to be in her office.

Too,if I were new to the area, unfamiliar with the local political scene,but thinking about running for a political office because I take an interest in where I live and what goes on there , I would want to know the salary and hours-Is this full time or can I manage it with my other work situation , will this throw me into another income bracket, if I am retired, how will this affect my pension benefits, if I am on disability or unemployment am I allowed to do this? I wonder why people in Lindley are always so quick to judge the thoughts and actions of others when they do not know all the facts.
As for running for office,locally this is accepted as being a public service for a minimum wage and yes, the public is your employer. Most of our officials understand this and do a good job. Then there are some who do not and think that they need control all the town's affairs one way or another.

There has been some criticism of this site, but as I overheard one person say-it's about time the rest of the people in the town get to know what is going on -rather than a select few.

11:37 PM  
Anonymous Sallyann said...

Two Cents:

Criticizism of this site!....I'm relieved! :-)

I anticipated a "lynching mob" when I created the blog!!!!!

I'm quite pleased that all I've had to endure is a few critical mutterings from the general populace.

But the beauty of this little baby is: If you don't like what's going on in town or disagree with another's opinion, you can leave a comment. How many times have we all spit and sputtered over an issue or event in town and only had the "family dog" to vent out on? I can guarantee that the dogs of Lindley are happy there's a "public" place to share some really, really good thoughts and opinions.

This comment thread is a fine example of citizens exercising their "free speech" rights. It's healthy for our town to bring the issues out into the "light of day".

I'll continue to do my part and keep checking my brake lines on the Jeep to make sure no one has cut them!!!!

10:20 AM  
Anonymous Town Clerk: said...

Salaries: For 2005 Budget
Town Board: $4800.00 (1200.00 per board member)
Juctice: $5620.00
Supervisor: $5100.00
Bookkkeeper: $7500.00
Town Clerk/Tax Collector: $8599.00
Assessor: Chairman 3060.00
(2) each get $2244.00
Dog Control Officer: $3364.00
Code enforcement Officer: $5202.00
Highway Supt: $30,690.00
The Budget is public information, you can review the budget(salaries) anytime at the Town Clerk Office. Feel Free to Call.

3:00 PM  

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