MILTON – The town of Milton Democratic Committee has endorsed incumbent Town Supervisor Benny Zlotnick for re-election, after the supervisor recently left the Republican Party.
The committee caucused last week and endorsed Zlotnick and Ballston Spa resident Meg Stevens for a Town Board seat.
The endorsement gives Zlotnick a major party line in a election that is also expected to feature former supervisor Scott Ostrander running on the Republican line, and current Town Board member Barbara Kerr running on an independent line. Kerr was also interviewed by the Democrats.
“I’m obviously pleased with their endorsement and I’ll try to work for all Milton residents, and I have for the last two years,” Zlotnick said.
Zlotnick was elected supervisor in 2019 on the Republican ballot line, after he defeated Ostrander in a Republican primary. In February, the town Republican Committee voted to endorse Ostrander for supervisor over Zlotnick. Ostrander, a retired Ballston Spa village police officer, served one two-year term, 2018-2019.
“We endorsed Scott Ostrander in a fair and transparent process because he had the experience and ability to lead from day one and to get this town back on the path to success,” the party wrote in a recent Facebook post. The Republicans have also endorsed incumbent Town Board members Frank Blaisdell and John Frolish for re-election.
After that party endorsed Ostrander, Zlotnick dropped his Republican enrollment and is now officially a member of no party, he said.
“Milton Democrats feel strongly that both candidates will best serve the interests of all Milton residents, operate in a transparent manner, and prevail in their respective races,” the Democratic committee said in a statement about Zlotnick and Stevens.
Zlotnick will also have an independent ballot line, called Moving Milton Forward.
Kerr, a former running mate of Zlotnick’s, is running for supervisor on the independent United Milton ballot line, along with James Frey and Stevens, who are running on that line for the two Town Board seats. Despite her disputes with party leadership, Kerr said she remains a registered Republican.
“The Republicans just have turned their backs on me so many times,” Kerr said. “When I saw Scott was endorsed, I figured their minds were made up. We went for the Democrats and didn’t get it. We decided to go forward with [an independent line] and stay on the ballot. Once elected, I represent everyone.”
Stevens said she will remain a registered Democrat, but she will decline the party nomination in favor of running with Kerr.
“I feel the team I’m on on the independent line is better for the town to move forward with,” Stevens said. “Benny has had his chance, and the town really hasn’t been making progress.”