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North East Dems, GOP hold caucuses

NORTH EAST — The North East Republican and Democratic Committees recently sought candidates to fill the town justice seat and the two North East Town Board seats that will be open during the upcoming November General Election, whether through a formal caucus or by circulating petitions.

If elected on Tuesday, Nov. 2, candidates running for either town justice or Town Board will serve a four-year term in office.

The North East Democratic Caucus was held on Saturday, July 10, at 10 a.m. in the NorthEast-Millerton Library Annex, located at 28 Century Blvd. in Millerton.

According to Chair of the North East Democratic Committee Jon Arnason, North East Town Justice Casey McCabe was nominated to serve another term while Councilman Ralph Fedele was also nominated to return to office. Newcomer Griffin Cooper was nominated to join Fedele at the Town Board table. All three candidates are registered Democrats.

As part of the Republican nominating process, North East Republican Committee Chair Edie Greenwood said the committee circulated nomination petitions this spring. 

Because it could not find candidates interested in running for office, Greenwood reported the committee has “put forth no candidates for town council or for the town justice.”

County nominations

The Republican Committee also nominated the current Chairman of the Dutchess County Legislature Gregg Pulver (R-19), a native of Pine Plains who still works at his multi-generation family farm in that town, to another term in the Legislature. 

The GOP committee also nominated Poughkeespie fashion designer Ola Nesheiwat Hawatmeh, who lost the 2020 Republican Primary for U.S. Congress (District 19) to Millbrook attorney Kyle Van De Water by roughly 3,000 votes. Van De Water recently announced he will be making another run for Congress again this year.

The Democratic Committee nominated North East resident Claire Owens to run against Pulver for the legislative race for District 19 come November and incumbent Dutchess County Comptroller Robin Lois of LaGrange to run against Hawatmeh. 

The Democratic candidates were nominated in March as their petitions had to be turned in to the Board of Elections prior to the Republican primaries.

This article was corrected from an earlier version that erroneously stated when the North East Republican Committee circulated petitions for members, both Pulver and Hawatmeh had expressed an interest in running.

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