TUPPER LAKE - Another Maroun could take a seat on the village board if elected Nov. 6.
David "Haji" Maroun was chosen at Tuesday night's Republican caucus to run for a village trustee seat that's opening up after Trustee Chip Perham announced he won't run again.
Maroun's cousin Paul Maroun is the village's mayor.
Tupper Lake village trustee candidate David “Haji” Maroun, right, poses with members of the current board — from left, Mayor Paul Maroun and trustees Leon LeBlanc, Rick Donah and Tom Snyder — after Haji Maroun and Snyder were chosen to run on the Republican line at the party’s caucus Tuesday night.
(Enterprise photo — Jessica Collier)
Trustee Tom Snyder was chosen to run for re-election for his seat. He was first elected to the village board in 2008, and he's completing his second two-year term this fall.
The two will square off for the two seats against Democrat Ron LaScala, who was the only person nominated to run on that party line at the Democrat caucus last week.
At Tuesday's Republican caucus at the Goff-Nelson Memorial Library, Mark Arsenault, a former village mayor, also nominated former village Trustee Marty Hughes, but Snyder and Maroun beat Hughes' six votes with 12 and 22 votes, respectively.
Hughes had decided not to run for re-election when his term expired in 2011. He changed his mind and launched a write-in campaign a week before Election Day, but he didn't get enough votes to beat Rick Donah.
Snyder and Haji Maroun spoke after they were chosen to run on the party line Tuesday night.
"I will do the best job that's possible," Snyder said.
Maroun said he's excited to work with the board. He's 43 and works as a correctional officer at the state prison in Ray Brook. This is his first time running for office.
"I'm here for the community," Maroun told the Enterprise after the caucus. "I want to better the community. I believe Tupper Lake can be a very big tourist spot, and I'd like to promote it."
Jim Ellis, the Franklin County Republican Committee chairman who acted as chairman for the caucus, and Paul Maroun thanked Perham for his service to the village and said he would be missed.
"He's level-headed," Paul Maroun said, "kept things at an even keel."
Ellis noted at the beginning of the caucus that party officials weren't sure they could get their meeting notice in the local newspapers in time to count as official notification, so instead they posted notice of the meeting in 10 public places around Tupper Lake, including the village office and the town hall.
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