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Rensselaerville Town Clerk Kathleen Hallenbeck says she loves the arithmetic of her job, but her best tool has always been a smile. 

The town's database doesn't correspond to locations in the records room, as it is intended, Town Clerk Kimberly Swain said during questions from the town's planning board secretary during the Dec. 10 board meeting.

Berne's receptionist and all-around resource spent her last town board meeting in characteristic fashion: writing notes in her yellow legal pad and correcting the town board in its process.

KNOX — Amanda Gullestad, a Conservative Party member, said she has become known in the past eight years of living in Knox through her jobs managing local convenience stores, as a cook, and as a store clerk. She is running on the Republican line for the part-time job of town clerk.

RENSSELAERVILLE — Despite losing a Democratic nomination and a faulty petition to get on the ballot, Heather Kelly, the town’s deputy clerk for two years, is running as a write-in candidate for her mentor’s position as town clerk. Democrat Kathleen Hallenbeck is retiring after decades in the post.

RENSSELAERVILLE — Victoria Kraker, the town’s current court clerk, is seeking to hold the position she has observed for some time — the town clerk and tax collector. She says a town clerk is required to have many of the skills that an office clerk at Bryant’s grocery store in Greenville would.

BERNE — Diane Dibble would like to change the hours of the town clerk’s office to accommodate residents who want services in the evening. She is an enrolled Democrat but said she has applied to change to Republican, the party line on which she is running.

BERNE — The town’s deputy town clerk for the past eight years, Democrat Anita Clayton, is running to be town clerk. She is endorsed by the Democratic, Conservative, and Independence parties.

BERNE — All but one race in Berne has incumbents, with mostly Democrats against Republican challengers who criticize the town’s handling of a resolution opposing the state’s gun-control legislation passed at the beginning of the year.

Although nearly half the town's voters are enrolled as Democrats and a decade ago the party dominated, it is now the small parties that are determining the winners.

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