Primary day in Essex County

Four Dems vie for Jay Town Council

Democrats in Jay and Republicans in Keene and St. Armand have choices Tuesday at the ballot box. Four Democrats will challenge two Republican incumbents for their Jay Town Council seats come Election Day on Nov. 7.

Polls in each town are open from noon to 9 p.m. Tuesday for primaries.

Jay Town Council

Democrats in Jay and Upper Jay can cast their votes at the Amos and Julia Ward Theater at 12 Parkside Road in Jay and those in AuSable Forks at the town office at 11 School Lane.

Two of four Democratic candidates will advance beyond Tuesday’s Democratic primary to November’s general election to take on council incumbents John Sheldrake and Amy Shalton, both Republicans.

The Democratic challengers are: Christopher Garrow, Kate Mongulla, Spencer Reynolds and Bob Segall.

Garrow is currently the Superintendent of Public Works for Essex County. He was elected to that position by the Essex County Board of Supervisors in April 2014. Garrow, who previously worked as both highway superintendent and Department of Public Works director for the towns of Jay and AuSable Forks, was first elected as highway superintendent in 2001. Garrow previously worked for the town of Jay’s highway department dating back to 1986.

Mongulla wrote on the Jay Community News blog that she was born and raised in AuSable Forks before she left for 25 years, during which she worked in the financial industry while living in New York City and Chicago. She said she returned here to raise her family as a single parent working several jobs. She further described Jay as a “gateway” town for Lake Placid and Whiteface Mountain, but added that she feels the town can’t count on tourism dollars for its economy and should explore bringing new businesses that fit well with existing ones. She added that she wouldn’t take the town’s health insurance buyout.

Reynolds in his own Jay Community News blog post said that he is an Adirondack native born and raised in North Creek. He’s currently a wholesale sales manager at Ward Lumber in Jay, where he’s worked for three decades. Reynolds said he feels Jay “needs a united common sense-based town government that will work with and support our supervisor [Archie Depo].” He added that if elected, he would not take a health insurance buyout; rather he’d let the town keep the money “to be used logically and not wastefully.”

Segall, a year-round resident of Upper Jay since 2005, wrote in a blog post of his own that he believes the key to economic improvement in Jay lies in working with what’s already in place and implementing “authentic,” incremental changes. He said he worked with the Adirondack North Country Association to ensure the Hollywood Theater in AuSable Forks did not shut down and said he helped to secure cattle crossing signs in Upper Jay through the state Department of Transportation. He also claims he reached out to a national clothing company about building a satellite store on AuSable Forks’s Main Street, for which he said there is interest. He retired in 2015 from a 25-year career as a municipal bond analyst for Citigroup.

Garrow did not provide a blog post to Jay Community News.

Keene highway superintendent

Republican voters in Keene will have a choice between D. Craig Holmes and Scott Smith to be highway superintendent. The winning candidate would run unopposed by any candidate from any other party in November and would, barring a defeat to a write-in challenger, succeed departing Highway Superintendent Gary Manley.

Depending on where they live, Keene Republicans can cast their ballots at either the Keene Town Hall at 10892 state Route 9N in Keene or at the Keene Valley Fire Hall at 15 Market Street in Keene Valley.

St. Armand highway superintendent

Republican voters in St. Armand will have a choice between incumbent Highway Superintendent Roger Oliver and challenger Douglas Snickles. The winning candidate would run unopposed by any candidate from any other party in November.

St. Armand voters can cast their ballots at the town hall at 1702 state Route 3 in Bloomingdale.