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Democrats vie for seat on Town Board in Halfmoon

Updated: 11/04/2013 3:22 PM
Created: 11/02/2013 3:02 PM WNYT.com
By: Dan Bazile

Deanna Stephenson and Joe Christopher were out and about at one of the areas busiest intersections in Halfmoon, waving to motorists and hoping to become their representative on the Town Board.

They're both Democrats, running against two incumbent Republicans that have been in politics for years. There's never been a Democrat on the board, but Stephenson and Christopher believe they have a real shot.

They point to the State Comptroller's audit that says Halfmoon had poor budget practices. More recently the Town Supervisor, Mindy Wormuth was arrested, accused of stealing from her campaign fund and lying to the FBI about a bribe.

“It's about transparency for government. It's just time. We need a new direction for the Town of Halfmoon,” they say.

As for the Republicans, they're on a 72-hour blitz this weekend and over the next coming days, going door to door, saying they're not taking anything for granted.

Republicans Walt Polak and Paul Hotaling are running on their record, saying they've held back on taxes. Hotaling says the Comptroller's report was not positive, but surrounding towns are dealing with similar situations.

They say Wormuth is not relevant to the race since she's no longer part of the Republican ticket.

For these Democrats, historic change is what they feel the town needs to shake things up.

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