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St. Armand clerk runs alone for first election

Voters in St. Armand will have just one town position to consider on Tuesday.

The unexpired term of former town clerk Davina Winemiller is on the ballot, following her resignation earlier this year. Barbara Darrah was appointed to the position in June and has held it since then. She’s the only person running to fill out the rest of Winemiller’s term, through the end of next year.

Darrah, 62, said she’s enjoyed her time as clerk so far and wants to continue in that capacity.

“It’s been challenging, yet rewarding,” she said. “I enjoy working with people, and I want to keep working.”

Darrah has lived in Bloomingdale for 45 years. She retired several years ago after a 21-year career with the U.S. Bureau of Prisons. She was a unit manager at the Federal Correctional Institution at Ray Brook, where she supervised case managers, secretaries and counselors in a housing unit at the prison.

Darrah has also worked in the universal pre-kindergarten program at Children’s Corner of Saranac Lake and for Third Age, a SUNY Plattsburgh-based senior day care program with a satellite office in Saranac Lake.

Darrah said she plans to run for the full, four-year town clerk term next year. Several other town positions will be on the ballot then, including the seat of Supervisor Charles Whitson.