Shandaken election season begins

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By Jay Braman Jr.
With political party caucuses set for next month for both major parties in Shandaken, and a couple people already announcing plans to run, it’s officially election season in Shandaken.

Town Supervisor Rob Stanley, now in his second two-year term, has announced plans to run again on the Republican line, and so far, Town Democratic party leaders have yet to announce the names of anyone with plans to challenge the popular leader.

However, there will be a race to fill the town council seat being vacated by retiring board member Doris Bartlett and the seat currently occupied by councilman Jack Jordan, who intends to seek reelection.

So far, local businesswoman Faye Storms has announced her intention to run as has former councilman Tim Malloy, who held a council seat for one four-year term before not seeking reelection two years ago.

Storms is the owner of Blue Barn Antiques in Shandaken and also works as a real estate agent for Ruth Gale Realty in Phoenicia. Malloy, a Democrat, is a cook at Brio’s Restaurant in Phoenicia. Jordan, a Republican, is a retired school administrator.

Regardless of party affiliation, endorsements will be decided by the registered members of each political party at caucuses, a sort of primary where anyone with any party affiliation stands a chance of getting endorsed by a political party as long they are nominated to run by an enrolled party member.
Republicans are set to caucus on August 8 and the Democrats will caucus on August 20.