BROADALBIN - Republican and independent candidate Thomas Christopher said today he is energized after being elected Tuesday as the town's new supervisor.
"I am very excited," he said from home. "The voters humbled me. It was a very significant victory for me."
Christopher, who ran on both the GOP and independent Patriot Party lines, defeated incumbent Supervisor Joseph DiGiacomo, who ran on the Conservative line. According to unofficial results from the Fulton County Board of Elections, Christopher received 674 votes, while DiGiacomo received 367. There were 62 absentee votes out to be counted yet, the board said, but not enough at this point to sway the current results.
In a Republican primary in September in the town, Christopher had also beaten DiGiacomo by a 292-179 count, according to the county elections board.
Christopher said the residents of Broadalbin want a "cohesive team" on their Town Board.
During the campaign, Christopher said he has received "positive responses from the community" about his candidacy. He said that as a former postmaster, he has gone through extensive training with team building. He said his goal is to make sure everyone in town government knows his or her positions and goals and strives to benefit the town.
Christopher, 61, of 40 Union St., served for 36 years in the U.S. Postal Service. Before retiring in 2010, he served as the postmaster in Gloversville for 16 years.
He and his wife, Jennifer, have three children - James, Julie and Darci - and four grandchildren.
DiGiacomo, elected as the town supervisor in 2009, previously served as the deputy supervisor from 2002 to 2009. He became a town councilman in 2000. He currently serves as the chairman of the Fulton County Board of Supervisors' Human Services Committee. He owns Midnight Oil in Broadalbin.
DiGiacomo couldn't be reached for comment this morning.
The position has a term of four years and carries a salary of $11,300 per year from the town and $7,500 from Fulton County.
Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.