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Durham council races dominate Greene primaries

Registered Republicans voted in Durham in Tuesday’s primary race at the East Durham Volunteer Fire Department.
September 12, 2017 11:25 pm Updated: September 13, 2017 01:38 pm

Registered Republicans streamed in and out of the East Durham Volunteer Fire Department’s quarters on Tuesday afternoon to vote in the primary race.

Republican incumbent William Carr Jr. was seeking re-election for a fifth term as town supervisor and Republican Shawn Marriott, who recently filled a vacant seat on the town board for half a term as the deputy supervisor, was also vying for supervisor.

For town council, Republican Nick Nahas was seeking re-election after serving one full-term and Republican Linda Sutton, who served on the town board from 1996 to 2014, was looking to get back into town government.

Susan Weaver, a more than 50-year Durham resident, said while she hadn’t voted in the primaries in several years, she wanted to support a few of her friends who are running.

“I hope they can all work together, because the parties are split now,” she said of the current elected town officials. “They’ve done quite a bit, but it would nice to repair some sidewalks and get streetlights installed.”

Jan Levine, a more than 20-year Durham resident, said voting in the primary race is vital.

“The local level is where it has to be to practice ‘we the people,’” she said. “If you want to change the direction of the country you have to change things at a local level first.”

Levine said that while she wants to see Durham remain welcoming to tourists, she wants the community to remain the same.

“I don’t want there to be compact housing,” she said. “I love this town, because it’s rural, green and very pretty.”

Levine added, “I don’t want to see it change.”

This November when the new elected officials are determined, Levine hopes they take the needs of the community into consideration.

“I just want them to listen to the needs of the people and implement them,” she said.


It was a quiet Tuesday afternoon at New Baltimore Town Hall and Medway-Grapeville Fire Company as fewer than three registered Independent Party voters cast their vote at either location.

Candidates include Republican Town Clerk Barbara Finke, who is running for re-election, and Republican Jeff Ruso, an incumbent councilman and deputy supervisor, who is running for town supervisor.

Four candidates are running for two open town council seats including incumbent Councilwoman Shelly VanEtten, Democrat Jim Eckl, Jake Colwell and Republican Kelly Downes.

Republican Diane Jordan is running for re-election as tax collector, a position she has held for the past five years.

Ann Marie Vadney, a voter and election inspector at the New Baltimore Town Hall, said the primaries allow parties to support one another.

“It’s important for people to realize the importance of the primaries and support candidates from various parties,” she said. “The process allows people to cross over and support qualified individuals no matter what party they’re in.”

Vadney said she hopes the best candidates are elected.

“We have a lot of people in the community who are intelligent, qualified and want to do the best for the community,” she said. “The existing administration has done a great job, but it’s always nice to have new faces.”