Marcellus Republicans nix Montgomery

Committee endorses 5 incumbents, female town board candidate for November

The Marcellus Republican Committee has announced candidate endorsements for the 2009 elections, and change is in the air.

Garnering one of the endorsements for one of the two opening town board positions is Kathleen Carroll, who currently sits on the planning board. Incumbent Bernie Montgomery, who has sat on the town board for nearly 10 years, failed to get the committee's endorsement.

The Republicans endorsed incumbent Tom Lathrop for the other town board spot.

A party first

Carroll may be the first woman endorsed by the Republicans for town board, Supervisor Dan Ross said.

If elected, she would be the first female ever elected to the Marcellus Town Board.

She and her two children moved to Marcellus 14 years ago from Massachusetts when she took a position as business manager with Covanta Energy. Carroll said she was seeking to become more involved with the community and was appointed to the Town Planning Board in 2006.

Her experience on the planning board and business background will make her a good fit for the town board, she believes, and the post would allow her to use her skills to make a bigger impact on the community.

"I just felt it would be a better fit for me, I could make a better contribution to community," Carroll said.

Ross agreed.

"It was the feeling of the Republican Committee that Kathy Carroll's experience as the business manager for Covanta Energy would bring additional financial input to the board as well as the ability to work with board members to solve problems facing the town," he said in an e-mail. Ross also serves as chair for the Marcellus Republican Committee.

Not giving up

In spite of the politics of ousting an incumbent, Carroll said she is taking the endorsement as a positive step for herself and the community.

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