UNANIMOUS BACKING AND SUPPORT FOR THE CLAVERACK REPUBLICAN TEAM!
The Claverack Republican Party unanimously ratified their candidates for local office on Thursday at the Claverack GOP Caucus. At the top of the ticket is Town Supervisor incumbent Kippy Weigelt, who has served the town since 2003.
Stephen “Hookie” Hook was officially nominated for Town Councilman, a position he currently holds where he has been serving as Deputy Town Supervisor. Doug Colwell was also endorsed for Town Councilman, Mary Jeanne Hoose was again chosen for Town Clerk and Tax Collector, and Lou Lamont is running for re-election for the role of Highway Superintendent.
This veteran team, with the new addition of Colwell, has managed to cut taxes in the Town of Claverack for five straight years, a testament to their dedication to strong fiscal management policies. This smart approach also saved the Town from layoffs and furloughs during the COVID-19 pandemic, a feat that other towns were not able to achieve.
The local team’s achievements don’t stop there. Under the leadership of Supervisor Weigelt, the Town of Claverack has been designated a “Clean Energy Community” by the New York State Energy Research and Development agency leading to an award of $5,000 for the town to use on a clean energy project. The hard work on this initiative highlights the Town Board’s dedication to “Progress, not politics.”
Colwell will make an excellent addition to the team, with his strong background in leadership, management and community interaction through his work as a State Trooper and elementary school teacher.
Former Town Councilmember Maryanne Lee chaired the caucus, which was attended by registered Republicans from all areas of the town and village.
"The evening was a great exercise in democracy," said Maryanne Lee. "This team has done such important work for our town. Claverack remains the Claverack we know because of them; their steady hand managing the budget and day-to-day affairs so effectively. It's critically important that we all support their campaign going forward and most importantly that we all vote, and compel our friends, family and neighbors to vote as well," Lee added.
Councilman Brian Keeler, who is not seeking re-election after serving two terms on the Town Council, enthusiastically endorsed the entire ticket citing their experience and non-partisan management style.
"This group works so well, and they manage our town affairs so effectively, because they always put the people first," said Councilman Keeler. "It's not about politics. There's no partisan bickering or agendas. It's simply about Claverack and common sense solutions to the issues that we face. Inclusive, open and fair government. It works so well, and has for so long. We all need to vote in November to ensure it stays that way," Keeler added.
All registered Republicans in the Town of Claverack (includes Philmont) are invited to attend the Claverack Republican Town Caucus on Thursday, May 27, 2021 at the Claverack Town Park Pavilion. "Doors close" at 7:00 PM sharp, so don't be late!
The following endorsed candidates will be nominated for election/re-election:
Town Supervisor - Kippy Weigelt
Town Councilman - Stephen Hook
Town Councilman - Doug Colwell
Town Clerk - Mary Jeanne Hoose
Highway Superintendent - Louie LaMont
This team has worked hard to keep budgets tight, spending in check and taxes low in the Town of Claverack. Five straight years of tax cuts!
As the COVID-19 pandemic began to take it's toll economically on local governments last year, Claverack was fortunate to have an experienced team ready and willing to meet the challenge. The decisions made by this team in the years prior to the pandemic, and in the leadup to the potential financial crisis caused by the pandemic, allowed the town to remain in a positive financial position; avoiding the need to layoff town employees, the need to dramatically reduce town services, and avoiding the need to raise taxes to offset expenses.
What's going on in Albany right now, thanks to Cuomo and the downstate Democratic majorities in the State Senate and the State Assembly, is disgusting and unacceptable. It's not New York, and it's certainly not Claverack. They could learn by our example.
Please get involved to help us keep Claverack and Philmont from becoming the next community that the downstate extreme left seize control of. Kippy, Hookie, Doug, Mary Jeanne and Louie are anything but extreme. They live here, they understand the needs of our community and they have proven their ability to lead under pressure when we need them most.
The are all most deserving of our votes.
If you are a registered Republican residing in the Town of Claverack (including Philmont) we encourage you to attend this event.
Our thanks to everyone who supported our 2021 chicken barbecue. It was our most successful ever... a sell out! A huge thanks to Steve (“Hookie”) Hook (Stephen Hook, Claverack Town Councilman) for his work preparing for the event and serving as “head chef.” Our thanks also to all of the volunteers and sponsors who made the event possible and to Kippy Weigelt, Claverack Town Supervisor, candidate for Town Council Doug Colwell, Town Clerk Mary Jeanne Hoose, George Duntz, Claverack Town Councilman, Brian Keeler, Claverack Town Councilman, and Sheriff David Bartlett for attending.