GOP primary defeat won’t oust Klotz from Malta supervisor’s race
MALTA The Republican primary is over, but it looks like Malta voters still will be able to choose from three candidates for town supervisor in November.
Town Board member Peter Klotz, who lost his primary challenge to incumbent Supervisor Paul Sausville on Tuesday, will continue actively campaigning into the November election with the ballot line the Conservative Party gave him.
“I’m going to continue looking forward to the election in November running as a Conservative,” Klotz said Wednesday.
Democrat Cynthia Young, who lost to Sausville by only 57 votes in 2011, is also running for supervisor again.
Klotz lost the GOP primary, 626-472, according to unofficial figures from the Saratoga County Board of Elections.
He said Sausville’s leadership of the town will continue to be an issue going into the Nov. 5 general election, when all registered voters in the town will be eligible to cast a ballot. Nearly 3,000 people voted in the 2011 general election, compared with about 1,100 Republicans voting in Tuesday’s primary.
“There were a lot of people who did not participate in the primary and a lot who did participate who were misinformed about my record,” Klotz said. “I still think it’s worthwhile to bring up all the issues that the town faces.”
Klotz, pastor of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, has been on the Town Board since 2008 and has clashed with Sausville over the town’s land-use planning and other issues.
Land use has been a big issue in the town, which is growing rapidly with the arrival of GlobalFoundries and other businesses. Sausville opposes an effort to create a high-density downtown, which the rest of the Town Board supports as a way of concentrating development in one area.
Sausville, a retired professional engineer who has been supervisor since 2006, said he would prefer to see Republicans unite behind him in the wake of the primary, though he acknowledged a serious three-way race is possible.
“There aren’t a great number of Conservatives in Malta,” he said. “If a great many Republicans switch over, it could be a three-way race.”
Young said the primary result makes her hopeful of winning the election, though a Democrat hasn’t held townwide office in 20 years.
“I think the people of Malta are ready for a change, and this a good time,” Young said Wednesday. “I only lost by 57 votes last time. People want a change.”
Young, a freelance bookkeeper, said she would bring a perspective to town government that neither Klotz or Sausville does.
“A vote for either Peter or Paul is a vote for the board we have now, and I think fresh voices and fresh ideas are what is needed,” she said.
The supervisor serves a two-year term.
In the other Malta contest decided Tuesday, unofficial results show Steven H. Gottman received 629 votes for an open town justice seat against 423 for Elwood Sloat Jr.
Sloat will still appear on the Conservative line and the results of the Independence Party primary remain uncertain, with Gottman possessing a one-vote lead. There is no Democratic candidate for the general election.