Guidarelli takes Democratic, Conservative lines for supervisor in Rotterdam

Darlene Walcott of Rotterdam casts her vote at the Rotterdam Seniors Center on Hamburg Street Tuesday.

Darlene Walcott of Rotterdam casts her vote at the Rotterdam Seniors Center on Hamburg Street Tuesday.

ROTTERDAM – Joseph Guidarelli has won both the Democratic and Conservative parties’ nominations for town supervisor. He’ll face Republican nominee Mollie Collins in the November general election.

Guidarelli, a current Town Board member, received 563 votes for the Democratic Party, while current town Supervisor Steven Tommasone received 286.

“This makes it clear the residents want to see change,” Guidarelli said.

Guidarelli said the plan is to continue working hard to gain voters’ support for the November election.

“We walked a lot of miles and knocked on a lot of doors,” he said of the candidates who campaigned along with him.

Tommasone called Guidarelli to congratulate him on his win.

“I let him know I want to help in any way I can,” Tommasone said.

He said over the next six months he will work with Guidarelli to get him up to speed on everything the town supervisor does – that includes involving Guidarelli in on the budget process that begins at the end of the month.

Tommasone said he is unsure at the moment whether he will seek office in the future.

Under the Conservative Party race, Guidarelli got 244 votes, while Collins received 104 votes.

Collins, who has been enrolled in the Conservative Party since she was 18, is the Republican Party’s nominee for supervisor and plans to run on that line in November. “I’m looking forward to a very robust and energetic campaign,” she said.

Three residents voting today said they each choose Guidarelli for different reasons.

Rotterdam resident Darlene Wolcott said she voted Tuesday afternoon at the Rotterdam Senior Center for Guidarelli because believes he will open up the center, which has remained closed because of the pandemic. 

Over at Town Hall, Scott Daly said he’s dealt with Guidarelli and his family over the years and the businesses they operate.

“He’s always been pro business,” Daly said.

Jolie Smith said she wanted someone new for town supervisor and felt like Guidarelli was the best option.

“He’s familiar with the town,” she said.

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