SOMERS, N.Y. - Somers Town Councilman Harry Bolton and Lincolndale businessman Robert Raffo, Jr. announced they will run in the Republican primary Sept.13 for town office.
Bolton will run for Town Supervisor against Mary Beth Murphy, Raffo will seek nomination to the ticket as a member of the Town Board.
In July James Chisholm, Chairman of the Somers Republican Town Committee, said the Republican, Democratic, Conservative and Independence parties in Somers had agreed on a coalition slate for November.
The slate included Mary Beth Murphy for Supervisor, Michael McDermott and Denis Timone for Town Judges, Tom Garrity for Councilman, Tom Chivarini for Highway Superintendent, Kathy Pacella for Town Clerk and Richard Clinchy for Councilman.
This slate includes members of all parties. Republicans were cross-endorsed by Democrats and vice versa.
However, Raffo, who is a Republican district leader, said he thought the nomination process wasnt fair to voters.
The whole thing has me a little bothered. Five people got together to decide what was best for Somers and that Somers doesnt need to have an election, he said. What I did was not sudden and it was not reactionary. Somers needs someone with good business skills. Im a good businessman. My purpose is not accusatory. You dont need to fight to have different ideas.
Bolton said Somers is in need of change.
Weve had no change in ideas for 30 years. I think I would do a better job than Mary Beth, he said. Im more fiscally conservative. Im not a career politician, Im a businessman.
Murphy said she respects Boltons right to run for office and has no problem facing a challenger.
Ive always had an opponent. Im out there campaigning. I will run a good clean race and the voters will make the decision. Its a wonderful opportunity to get out there and talk to the people, she said. The town is in terrific financial shape. And its a wonderful place to live.
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