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Three of Four Pelham Electoral Races Uncontested

PELHAM, N.Y. – Pelham residents will head to the polls Nov. 8 to vote in this year's elections. Only one of the four races in Pelham is contested this year and the other three are dominated by Republicans and Conservatives.Two Democrats and two Republicans are running for two town justice seats in Pelham but the councilmember, town supervisor and town clerk races are all uncontested. Ed Doty, co-chair of the Pelham Democratic Party, said that his party simply decided not to oppose the Republicans and Conservatives in those races."The Democrats just didn't have candidates that we wanted to put up at this time," Doty said. "We weren't endorsing (the Republicans). We just didn't have candidates."Pelham resident and environmental consultant Julie Chang votes in every election, regardless of the position. She is in favor of more candidates in elections but understands why some of the races in Pelham are uncontested this year."I don't find that strange," Chang said. "I imagine it's a function of people's availability to run for office."Chang said that schools, taxes, public safety and a thriving downtown area are key issues to her. She also trusts that her fellow residents will get involved in the electoral process."I think that Pelham is an active community that wants it to be run well," Chang said.John F. De Chiaro (R), Stephen F. Ruffino (C), and incumbent Stephen F. Huff (R/C) are running for town justice seats, along with Mercedes Maldonado (D) and George Bischof (D), according to information from the Westchester County Board of Elections.Daniel W. McLaughlin (R/C) and Blake A. Bell (R/C) are running for councilmember. Peter M. DiPaola Jr. (R/C) is running for town supervisor, and Timothy M. Case (R/C) is running for town clerk.

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