Gerry GOP Committee To Endorse Candidates In April

GERRY – Two of three incumbents for the Gerry Town Board are planning to run in this year’s fall election.

Cherin Mehs, Gerry Republican Committee chairwoman, said endorsement will be given following the committee’s meeting on Saturday. Mehs said, as of now, incumbent John Crossley, Gerry supervisor, and Linda Bartholomew, Gerry councilwoman, are planning to run for re-election.

”Linda is absolutely fabulous, and John is also wonderful,” she said. ”We are very fortunate to have both of these people.”

However, the other council position will be open. Mehs said Robert B. Heitzenrater will not be seeking re-election.

”Bradley has been there for 20 years and has decided it is time to step down,” she said.

In February, the Gerry Republican Committee publicized it was looking for candidates for the open council position. Mehs said, so far, two candidates have applied for the possible council endorsement from the committee.

”We talked to a gentleman about two weeks ago, and we will talk to someone else (soon) and make a decision then,” she said.

Mehs said the committee usually doesn’t have to publicize it is looking for a candidate for election because most of the people on the board have been serving the town for many years.

”Gary Swan, who is not up this year, has been on the board for 20 years, and John (Crossley) has been with us 20 years,” she said.

Mehs said the positions of highway supervisor and town clerk are also up for election. The town’s highway supervisor is Mark Risley and the town clerk is Recia Myers.