Republican Primaries set for June 25

John Christensen

Republican voters in three area towns will cast ballots between noon and 9 p.m. next Tuesday in primary races for Benton Highway Supervisor, Jerusalem Supervisor, and Town Board, and Barrington Town Board seats. 

Information on the Barrington race between incumbent Calvin Crosby, Thomas Petro III, and Steven Brigham can be found on page 9.

In Benton, Brian Champlin, Jayson Hoover and Douglas Marchionda Jr. are seeking the Republican line for the Highway Supervisor position being vacated by Jeffery Mann.

In Jerusalem,  Incumbent Supervisor Patrick Killen is being challenged by board member Jamie Sisson, and Incumbents Paul Anderson and Daryl Jones are being challenged by Stephen Castner.

Benton Highway Supervisor candidates

Brian Champlin has been a resident of Benton for 12 years.

Career experience: Yates County Highway Department for 20 years, working supervisor for nine years, heavy equipment operator with experience installing culvert and driveway pipes, installing drainage, snow removal, and asphalt paving. Supervises a road crew daily.

Other experience: An EMT-CC for Medic 55 the past 15 years, volunteer at Penn Yan Volunteer Ambulance Corps for 20 years, serving as president of the Corps for several years. 

Offices held: Elected Yates County Coroner.

“If elected, my priorities will be to assess and maintain roads and prioritize repairs and maintenance while maintaining a fiscally responsible budget. Safety of the public will be an immediate priority. I will be readily available for resident communication.

“I believe my experience working at Yates County Highway Department qualifies me for the Town of Benton Highway Superintendent position. I feel I am an excellent leader and have the knowledge and experience to fulfill the duties.”

Jayson Hoover has been a resident of Benton for 23 years, and Yates County resident for 47 years

Career experience: 20+ years experience in trucking and construction, 6+ years working for the town of Benton. 

Offices held: Elected Town of Benton Zoning And Code Officer/ Water Superintendent

“My Priorities in office will be to maintain quality roads and provide exceptional services (snowplowing/roadside mowing etc.), control highway budgets with sound spending practice, and I will always be available to the town residents for questions and concerns as I have shown my commitment to Benton residents for the past seven years.

“I know the Benton road system and community very well as well as have a good working relationship with the town board and employees.”  

Doug Marchionda Jr. has been a resident of Benton for one year and of Penn Yan for 50 years.  

Career experience: Grew up in the family business, Doug Marchionda Trucking, employed there as a diesel mechanic, truck driver, and heavy tow truck operator for 20 years. Village of Penn Yan as a NYS Certified (IIA) Advanced Filtration Water Plant Operator for several years, obtaining Water Distribution System (D) Operator certification. Since 2014 with Town of Milo as Public Works Maintenance Supervisor; road maintenance, snow removal, truck and equipment maintenance and repair, oversight of Milo’s four water districts, water filtration plant, and sewer system. Marbles’ Automotive on-call night and weekend tow truck operator for 23 years. 

Offices held: 1992-2002 Village of Penn Yan Trustee; 2000-’08  Yates County Legislator, and Chairman of the Yates County Highway Committee; ’02-’10  Mayor of Penn Yan; ’08-’12 Yates County Coroner. 

“The Town of Benton is lucky to have a highly efficient and well-maintained highway department. My first priority would be to maintain that high level of service which includes accessibility and responsiveness. Secondly, to work closely with the town board to continue to analyze the efficiency, ensuring fiscal responsibility while maintaining quality road conditions. I would work with the town board for an improved road salt storage facility. Finally, my extensive experience and levels of certification in water distribution systems would enable me to lead the highway department in supporting the Town of Benton’s water department as needed. 

“The established relationships that I have with surrounding state, county, and town highway departments and staff will enable additional shared service opportunities for Benton. The extensive experience I have with heavy equipment operation and truck maintenance will provide a seamless transition for the Highway Department. My current position as Public Works Maintenance Supervisor enables me to understand all aspects of Benton’s public works. With my experience in local government leadership and budget development, I have a unique perspective in leading a department and working with the town board and residents.”

Jerusalem Supervisor candidates

Patrick Killen has been a resident of Jerusalem for 44 years

Career experience: Yates County Sheriff’s Office Deputy for 26 years with duties of Court Security Supervisor, Coordinator for Yates County Alternatives to Incarceration, Juvenile Officer, Dare Instructor, ASP Baton Instructor, General Topics Instructor, Sergeant, TRACS Coordinator, Investigator, Successfully wrote and administered NYS Governor’s Traffic Safety grants. Substitute teacher in Penn Yan, Dundee, Prattsburgh Schools since 2016. Keuka Lake State Park security, office, and maintenance work. BS in Criminal Justice and MS in Management from Keuka College.

Offices held: Jerusalem Supervisor five years, Jerusalem Councilman two years.

“ I will continue to seek cost savings and efficiencies for Jerusalem taxpayers. Two examples include leading a team that negotiated settlement of decade long dispute over Penn Yan/Jerusalem sewage treatment contract- result 6 percent reduction in rate, a savings over $60,000 annually. Reduced Town IT costs, saving more than $10,000 annually.  

“I have the educational background and experience necessary to lead the Town of Jerusalem, where I have diligently served in this role. My record proves that I have continually sought to promote fiscally responsible practices and savings for our taxpayers. When faced with a situation, question or opportunity I conduct the necessary research, seek varying viewpoints, and assess multiple options prior to making a final decision. My successful grant writing experience, provides an additional skill set and opportunity for seeking funding to offset the expenses of projects within the township.”   

Jamie L. Sisson has been a resident of Jerusalem for 9 years, born and raised in Penn Yan.

Career experience: Forty years in the construction field, nine years running his own businesses, J.L. Sisson Construction and Artistic Concrete by Jamie. He and his wife renovated and established Steamboat Castle B&B in 2013. Also volunteers in the community and currently holds leadership positions in the Elks and Lions organizations.  

Offices held: Elected to Jerusalem Town Council in 2016. 

“I have three priorities that I will focus on upon taking the Town Supervisor position. First, I will create an environment that allows town employees to positively work together. Second, I will encourage the protection of the lake and farmland.  And lastly, I will keep taxes to a minimum while increasing services.  

“I have a proven history of leading groups of diverse individuals on multi-million dollar construction jobs, and this leadership skill set can easily be applied to the Town. As a small business owner, I am required to wear many hats and learn new skills to be successful.” 

Jerusalem Town Council candidates

Paul Anderson has been a resident of Jerusalem for 35 years. 

Career experience: After graduating from college, worked as an engineer and salesman in senior positions for large companies in Rochester; now retired.

Offices held: Jerusalem Councilman since 2015. Jerusalem Planning Board in past years. 

“I try to stay away from sides on the board but instead deal with logic and common sense and first try to consider what the town’s constituents would want. Financially, I am conservative when spending the taxpayers’ dollars. The town is a service to the constituents and I will always ask how we can provide the best service to those individuals while maintaining a budget.” 

“While being open to listening to both sides of a discussion typically an answer can be found somewhere in the middle. My priority is to be the stabilizing factor on the board by dealing with common sense and utilizing my experience in business. I hope in this primary voters take the time to make wise decisions before entering the voting booth and choose the two best candidates for town board that will provide the best service to the voters.”

Stephen Castner has been a resident of Jerusalem for six years, and a lifelong resident of Yates County.

Career experience: Overlapping as a farmer and welding shop owner for 30 years, real estate agent for 14 years, and currently with Penn Yan Municipal for 17 years.

Offices held: Five years on Benton Zoning Board of Appeals, Yates County Farm Bureau, Penn Yan Volunteer Ambulance Corps Board of Directors for eight years and president for three years, Isaac Walton League since 1976, Penn Yan Methodist Church Board, Penn Yan Bible Church Board.

“My priority is a more functional town. With so much tension in recent years, it doesn’t run smoothly. I want to change that.

“I have served on not-for-profits and other organizations for years, and have always been able to work well with them and with members of the public and maintain a good rapport with everybody. That’s important if you want things to run right.”

Daryl Jones has been a resident of Jerusalem for 43 years

Career experience: A veteran, serving in the Air Force 1968-1972. Retired from the Yates County Sheriff’s Dept. after 28 years.

Offices held: Appointed to the Jerusalem Town Board in 1998. Elected Supervisor 2003 through 2012. Councilman 2013 to present. Member of the Benton Cemetery Board for over 20 years.

“I will continue to keep the residents’ priorities in mind when making financial decisions. While I was supervisor, we were able to create many reserve accounts for the Highway and Water & Sewer Departments which are able to keep the tax rate as  low as possible, and I will continue to push to keep these funds active.

“I have been able to work closely with Sheila McMichael, Town Clerk, and Jennifer McKay, bookkeeper, for many of the years I have been associated with the Town Board, not to mention many of the board members. I would hope that my many years on the Town Board will indicate that I have the residents’ best interest in mind when I make decisions for the Town of Jerusalem.”