Guilderland

Some readers are going to smile when they hear what I am about to say. Not because it is humorous, but because either they have been in the same situation or they know someone else who has been there. The thought never really entered my mind until a recent visit to see my sister in North Carolina.

GUILDERLAND — Open town positions for 2014 include the supervisor and two town board seats. Democratic incumbents will face Republican opponents for each of these posts.

GUILDERLAND — Supervisor Kenneth Runion is running for his eighth two-year term, and is facing opponent Mark Grimm, who initially announced he would run against Runion for the supervisor position for the term beginning in 2012, but then withdrew, saying he believed a Runion-versus-Grimm race would fracture the town.

GUILDERLAND — Mark Grimm, a media strategist and adjunct college instructor, was a member of the town board for one term, from 2008 to 2012, during which time he and his fellow Republican board member, Warren Redlich, were often at odds with the Democrats.

GUILDERLAND — Mark Livingston, a political newcomer, has lived in Guilderland for more than 50 years. He attended Guilderland High School, as did his two children, and two stepchildren.

GUILDERLAND — Patricia Slavick, who works for the state, in finances, is running for her fourth four-year term on the town board.

GUILDERLAND — Lee Carman is currently serving his third term in the 29th District of the Albany County Legislature, but said he is running for town board because he feels he could make a bigger impact at the town level.

GUILDERLAND — Paul Pastore, an attorney, is running for his fourth four-year term on the town board.

He said that, during his time on the town board, there have been many measures taken to improve residents’ quality of life.

ALTAMONT — A new local horseback-riding facility is asking neighbors to donate shoes to raise funds for therapeutic programming for Schenectady ARC participants.

“We need to collect 300 bags of 25 pairs,” said Erin Pashley, the executive director of Victoria Acres Equine Facility on Western Turnpike in Altamont.

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