Anne Hayden Harwood

The opinion of the Democrats on whether the Republican campaign had been clean was clear during each of the candidates’ thank-you speeches — they all said it was one of the dirtiest, most negative campaigns they’d ever seen.

GUILDERLAND – One week before the town election, the two major political parties are getting aggressive with their campaigning, each slinging accusations at the other.
A candidates’ forum, scheduled for Oct. 28, was canceled, and both sides are making accusations about the other’s ads and campaign contributions.

After 12 years, Cindy Wadach is leaving a job she loves but will volunteer to help the elderly.

GUILDERLAND — Republican Bryan Best will challenge Lynne Buchanan for the receiver of taxes role.
Best is a Guilderland native, and graduated from Guilderland High School and the state’s University at Albany. He is currently a trustee of the Guilderland Public Library.

Democrat Lynne Buchanan, who worked as the deputy receiver of taxes under Jean Cataldo for a number of years, but recently transferred into the town comptroller’s office, is running to be the receiver of taxes.

Jean Cataldo has worked as the receiver of taxes for 12 years. She originally ran a close but unsuccessful race for town clerk in 1999, against the Republican incumbent.

GUILDERLAND — Jason Wright, a Republican who currently works for the Albany County Board of Elections, and formerly worked for the Schenectady Boys and Girls Club, will challenge Democrat Jean Cataldo, the current receiver of taxes, for the position of town clerk.

Both posts carry four-year terms for the full-time jobs. Both will pay $55,518 annually according to the 2014 budget proposal. 

Richard Sherwood, a Democrat, is making a run for town judge, after having served as the town attorney for 14 years and the prosecutor in town court for six years.
He has been an attorney since 1986, and in the past, clerked for a United States Supreme Court judge.

Republican Christopher Aldrich ran for town justice four years ago, against Denise Randall, and was not successful.
He said he decided to run again because of the third judge spot.

“There are no incumbents for that position,” he said, giving him a better chance.

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