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Incumbent and newcomer take seats on Lake Placid village board

March 21, 2013

LAKE PLACID - Art Devlin and Scott Monroe were elected to two open seats on the Lake Placid village Board of Trustees on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, incumbent Craig Randall, who ran unopposed, won a second term as mayor, garnering 299 votes, and Bill Hulshoff was elected to another term as village justice with 306.

Devlin, an incumbent, was the top vote getter in the trustee race, tallying 283 votes. Monroe was second with 269. Dave Jones, who ran as a team with Devlin and Randall, came in third with 230.

Village Clerk Kathryn "Kook" McKillip said turnout was good during the day and early evening, but fewer people showed up when night came, possibly because of slippery roads.

"We had a good, steady crowd all afternoon, but about 8 o'clock it kind of slowed down a little bit," she said. "Considering the weather, we had a great turnout."

McKillip said the electronic voting machines worked fine throughout the day.

Monroe was pleased with the results and said he's excited to get to work. This is the first time the former chief of the Lake Placid Police Department will hold an elected position. He also serves as the dog control officer for the town of North Elba.

"It's great," Monroe said. "I can't thank everybody that supported me enough. I really appreciate it. I'll try not to let anybody down."

"I'm thankful that they re-elected me in, and Craig and Scott," Devlin said. "We'll pick up the pieces and work from here, and work as a team as we always do."

Randall said it was a good race.

"It was well run," he said. "Given the number of voters that came out today, I think that's probably a pretty representative vote in the village. We'll work on that."

A total of 438 people voted on Tuesday. Another 43 voted by absentee ballot. McKillip said several absentees still need to be counted, but not enough to impact the results.

Jones said he thinks the new board will do a great job. He thanked Devlin and Randall for their support.

"I couldn't have worked any harder," Jones said. "I did my best. ... I wish Scott all the best, and I wish the village board all the success in the world."



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