Gloversville school board member to seek re-election despite stroke

Gloversville school board member Stan DeVoe, back home Wednesday after suffering a near-fatal stroke

Gloversville school board member Stan DeVoe, back home Wednesday after suffering a near-fatal stroke and spending about three weeks in Albany Medical Center, said he is recovering quickly and still plans to run for re-election.

“I’m going to run as long as people support me,” DeVoe said, noting he has had “every medical test known to man and came our pretty well on everything. I’m feeling up to it,” he said of running for a new term.

Aside from four very difficult days at Albany Med, he said he has been progressing steadily, overcoming an initial speech problem and then regaining mobility of his right hand.

DeVoe suffered the stroke within days of announcing his candidacy. After a board meeting about three weeks ago, he said he felt weak and went to Nathan Littauer Hospital. He was immediately transferred to Albany Med, where doctors found internal bleeding.

Board President Peter Semione expressed concern for DeVoe’s health, but noted it “will be Stan’s call” whether to run again.

There are four seats available in the May 18 election. In addition to DeVoe’s seat, those of Jean La Porta, Frank Carangelo and Harry Wiggins are up for election. Wiggins created a vacancy over the winter when he moved to Florida.

La Porta and Carangelo, who both said they are not yet ready to announce their candidacies, picked up petitions this month to get on the ballot. Perry Paul, the three-term former board member and president appointed to serve in Wiggins’ seat through June 30, has not ruled out an election bid.

A newcomer, Robert Curtis of Kingsboro Avenue — son of Johnstown Board of Education President Robert Curtis — has also picked up a petition.

Semione said he knows the younger Curtis, who is active in the Boulevard School PTA. “I think he would be a good fit,” Semione said of Curtis, who could not be reached Wednesday for comment.

Candidates have until April 26 to file petitions at the district office.

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