Mayor tops Montgomery County village races

As Rodney Simonds steps down as mayor of the village of Fonda, four candidates are vying to take his

As Rodney Simonds steps down as mayor of the village of Fonda, four candidates are vying to take his place for a four-year term beginning April 1.

Kimberly Flander, 46, running as an independent on the Kim’s Party line, styles herself a “domestic engineer” and is currently a stay-at-home mother who has lived all her life in the village. She said being mayor is something she always wanted to do.

She said if elected she will work closely with her constituency and other village officials seeking grants for the community and improving the look of the village.

Flander said Fonda has been well run, but there is room for improvement.

Prior to concentrating on raising children, she worked for the county and state in various capacities.

“I want to put back into the community and I have the time to do that,” Flander said.

“I have the people skills and the time to work together with all the groups in the community,” she said.

Another mayoral hopeful is Mark Scott, an independent running on The Future Party line. Scott, 37, is an employee of the Montgomery County Department of Public Works. He said he is running on the key issue of accountability.

“A lot of people are concerned about accountability,” Scott said. “Everything should be out in the open.”

He said he believes every village official should be held accountable from the top to the people in the public works department.

Scott said the elected mayor should be open to meeting with the other three unsuccessful candidates to solicit opinions so that issues can be addressed.

“I lived in the village my whole life,” he said. “One-third of the problems faced by the village are DPW-related.” He said his work experience would serve him well in resolving those problems.

Another lifelong Fonda resident and the sales manager for the Street Toyota Scion dealership in Johnstown, Jim “Jukebox” Reynolds is running on the Movin’ Forward Party. Reynolds, 42, said his priorities if elected will be to obtain more revenue for village projects, such as street and building facade renovations by applying for more grants for the village.

“Fonda is a close-knit community. It’s quiet and a good place to raise a family,” Reynolds said. “This is a safe place for kids to grow up.”

He said he would work to keep taxes in check.

Local firefighter Brian Hillman, 39, running on the Taking the Future Forward line, said as mayor he would also make a priority of applying for grants and to start a plan of installing water and sewer lines one section of the village at a time.

“I am looking at the streets and seeing what needs to be done,” Hillman said.

A firefighter with the village since 1987, Hillman said if elected he would not leave his post as firefighter.

“All my relatives are firefighters,” he said. “This is my pride and joy.”

Two village trustee seats are also up for election. Four candidates, including an incumbent, are running.

Village Trustee Joseph Ford has chosen not to seek re-election. Trustee Lynn Dumar, Four Leaf Clover Party, is running against Antoinette Capparello, Tony’s Party, Timothy F. Healey, New Vision Party, and Gary Barmen, New Vision Party. The top two vote-getters will serve four year terms.


Only one seat is being contested in the remaining four Montgomery County villages where elections are set for Tuesday, according to village officials.

u In Fort Johnson, three candidates are vying for two trustee seats carrying four-year terms, Village Clerk Barbara Smith said.

Kathleen Smith and incumbents Darlene Roe and Bill Smith are all vying for seats on the village board, which pays $1,000 a year.

u Fort Plain — Incumbent trustees Loring Dutcher and David Manclow are running unopposed for two trustee seats that carry two-year terms and a $2,759 annual salary.

u Fultonville — Incumbent Village Justice Thomas J. Murray is running unopposed for another four-year term.

u Palatine Bridge — Incumbent Trustee Rob Jenks, who was named when former trustee Tracy Robbins resigned because of work responsibilities, is running for election for the remaining three years of the term.

There are 10 villages in Montgomery County. Ames, which holds elections every two years, has one set for 2009. Canajoharie, Hagaman, Nelliston and St. Johnsville, where terms are four years, have no open seats this year.

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