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Pelham Candidates Make Final Campaign Stops

PELHAM, N.Y. – The four town justice candidates who have spent months preparing made some last minute campaign stops Monday on the day before the election.

Republicans Stephen Huff and John De Chiaro and Democrats George Bischof and Mercedes Maldonado will vie for the two town justice seats in Pelham. Each had different emotions Monday prior to Election Day.

Bischof said he will spend his remaining time before polls close Tuesday night making phone calls encouraging people to vote. He said he is cautiously optimistic and expects a strong turnout. He also gave some praise to his opponents.

“I’m confident that the voters have a good choice to make,” Bischof said. “I’ve enjoyed my own campaigning. I think the other candidates have done a good job of getting information out.”

Multiple phone calls to Huff were not returned Monday.

Huff, De Chiaro and Maldonado stood outside the train station for nearly three hours Monday morning handing out cards to people. The latter two candidates did the same outside the Richard J. Daronco Town House on Fifth Avenue in the early afternoon.

De Chiaro said he feels there is nothing else he can do at this point and that he has campaigned to all of Pelham. “I feel like I have an aura of serenity,” De Chiaro said. “I did the best I could. It’s up to the people now.”

Maldonado, too, said he is optimistic about Tuesday’s election. “I know that I’ve campaigned very hard and I think I have a lot of support,” Maldonado said.

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