GERRY - The Gerry Republican Party Committee has endorsed a new candidate for the Town Board.
Cherin Mehs, town Republican Party chairperson, said the committee has endorsed Todd Anderson to be a candidate for the fall council election. Mehs said Robert B. Heitzenrater, who has been on the board for several years, has decided to retire from serving on the board and will not be up for re-election. This decision led the Gerry Republican Party Committee officials to advertise they were looking for interested candidates in February.
Last month, Mehs said the Republican Committee interviewed two candidates for their endorsement. She said Anderson was selected because he is qualified to be on the Town Board.
"He attends board meetings regularly. He is interested and active in the town. He is a member of the fire department," she said. "Honestly, he is a great young man, and will be a real asset."
Mehs said Anderson is a member of the town's Republican Committee. He is also a county Sheriff's Department deputy and owns property on 28 Mile Creek Road in Gerry.
The Gerry Republican Party also endorsed incumbents John Crossley, town supervisor, Linda Bartholomew, town councilwoman, and Recia Myers, town clerk. However, the Republican Party Committee couldn't reach a decision on who to endorse for the town highway supervisor position. Mark Risley is the town's highway supervisor. Mehs said Brian Anderson is also interested in the position. She said with no committee endorsement, if the men want to run for the position they will have to have petitions signed by town residents to run in a primary election.
"We couldn't come to a consensus on who to endorse so it will go to a primary," she said.