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H’town council race is set for November

SARANAC LAKE — For the Harrietstown Town Council general election on Nov. 5, the candidates have been set, with three running for two seats.

On Thursday, two were given the Democratic nod at that party’s caucus. Deputy Supervisor and Councilman Howard Riley, a Democrat, received the most votes, and Ashley Milne, a Republican who also received the Republican nod, also received enough votes to run on the Democratic line. Councilwoman Patricia Meagher, who received the Republican nod along with Milne, received the third-highest vote total, which was not enough to run as a Democrat. Paul Hermann, a Democratic former Saranac Lake village justice and trustee, received the fourth-highest vote total, also not enough to appear on the ballot.

(Correction: An earlier version of this article incorrectly stated that Meagher received enough votes at the town’s Democratic caucus to run on that party line.)

Patricia Meagher

Age: 68

Elected offices and experience: Harrietstown town councilwoman, Harrietstown court clerk

Why she’s running: Meagher said she has enjoyed working on the town council and hopes to continue working for the residents, promoting the area and keeping taxes affordable. She said the Dewey Mountain Recreation Center and the Adirondack Regional Airport are important assets she will continue to support.

Ashley Milne

Age: 32

Elected offices and experience: Milne said she has worked in policy at the state, national and international level, is on the Parks and Trails Advisory Board and Adirondack Carousel board, and is involved in the Kiwanis Club.

Why she’s running: Milne said she wants to preserve Saranac Lake and ensure it continues to be a great place to raise her soon-to-be 3-year-old son with her husband, with whom she recently moved to the village.

Howard Riley

Age: 88

Elected offices and experience: Village trustee, village mayor, village manager, town justice and town council

Why he’s running: Riley said he wants to use his experience to take care of town assets such as the Adirondack Regional Airport, highways and town hall.

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