Tupper Dems pick Lefebvre, Carmichael for town board

TUPPER LAKE — This town’s Democratic committee held its caucus Monday night, nominating two candidates to run against the Republican town council incumbents whose seats are up for election this year.

Chair of the committee Dean Lefebvre and Democratic Party newcomer Daniel “Boonie” Carmichael were nominated and will face off against Councilwomen Mary Fontana and Tracy Luton in the November election.

Lefebvre was nominated by his son Paul, and the nomination was seconded by Calvin Connor. He has previously spent decades on the town and school boards, as well as 18 years as town supervisor.

“I feel that I have a lot to offer, still, to the people of Tupper Lake,” Lefebvre said.

Carmichael was nominated by Kathleen Lefebvre, Dean’s wife, and the nomination was seconded by Paul. Carmichael is a semi-common face at board meetings, popping in every couple of months to ask questions and state his opinions on matters.

“I have run in the past. I’ve had an interest in local politics since I was a kid,” Carmichael said. “I’ve never been elected, but that doesn’t stop some guys.”

Both cited the construction of a handicap-accessible entrance to the town hall, which had a price tag around $430,000, as the catalyst for their decision to run.

“There are a couple of issues that have bothered me,” Dean Lefebvre said. “That was totally not necessary. The town hall was already handicap accessible through the back door of the building.”

“My whole platform pretty much consists of, ‘Let’s curb the spending,'” Carmichael said.

Both also cited a desire to work on the rail-trail situation, with Lefebvre saying the town has been to lackadaisical in taking action on the issue and Carmichael saying they need to “fish or cut bait.”

Lefebvre said the two would make the board more politically diverse. Right now, the only Democrat on the five-person board is Councilman John Quinn.

He also talked about Fontana and Luton, whom he will be running against.

“(They are) both nice young girls,” Lefebvre said. “But personally I think that I can do a better job than they do.”

Carmichael said he joined the Democratic Party last election season, previously running on the Conservative lines for town seats. He described his politics as being libertarian.