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Selmser winner of Caroga race

November 5, 2008

CAROGA - In the race for town supervisor, Republican James Selmser claimed victory over Democrat Ron McLain Tuesday.

The final tally gave Selmser 351 votes on the Republican line and 26 on the Independent line. McLain garnered 157 votes.

Selmser said he believes his immersion in the Caroga community led to his victory.

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"I've tried to be as involved as possible, to attend all the public meetings and talk with local officials," he said Tuesday.

Selmser said that before the primary, he had been attending every budget meeting and some Fulton County meetings in preparation for his win. He said he believes that preparation paid off.

"I want to get the information to the public to keep them as informed as possible," he said. "I will work forward with our elected officials and anyone else who wants to volunteer to make this town better."

Selmser is a retired businessman who lives with his wife, he said. He attended Gloversville High School and has grown children who have moved out of the area.

Promoting business is a major goal, Selmser said. He said one of his main objectives would be to attract business to the area.

On the county level, Selmser said he's looking forward to working with other county officials. He said he would be happy to lend his expertise in financial areas.

"I've got to make [Caroga's] voice known," he said. "I think I could step into the [county's financial committee] and be of some assistance there."

McLain said he was disappointed in his loss but won't let it prevent him from being involved in the town.

"We can work together," he said. "I think we will get along."

McLain is a member of a Town Board-appointed committee created to oversee the changes to Town Hall.

Selmser will receive a salary of $9,740 from the town and $7,900 from the county. He will fill the unexpired term of former Supervisor Gary Gifford, who resigned. There will be another election for the seat, which carries a two-year term, next November.



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