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A new candidate announces he's entering the trustee race in Monticello. This comes after all of the major political parties threw their support behind the Monticello United candidates. Our Eva McKend has more on what this could mean for this important political race.
MONTICELLO, N.Y. -- Add his name to the list says Vincent Gilmore.
He may not be endorsed by any of the major political parties but he says he's going to make a run for village trustee anyway.
In recent Monticello mayoral and trustee elections, Gilmore says the candidates backed by the major parties haven't always won so he's leaving it in the hands of the people.
"I'm betting on them," said Gilmore.
Now retired, Gilmore worked at his family's produce business and owned a courier company.
He's running on implementing renewable energy and getting a hold of the village's finances.
"We just have to be prudent with the money we have because a lot of people that I know that are homeowners, they are the ones that are footing the bill. They're struggling," said Gilmore.
An independent candidate like Gilmore running on his own party line has the potential to heavily impact this trustee race.
In 2012, although Mayor Gordon Jenkins won the election, the two candidates that ran against him, together received more votes than he did.
Given this, some suggest Gilmore, who says he will run on his own party line, has the potential to heavily impact this race.
"This is one of the most important races that all of Sullivan County has had in the last 25 years," said Ray Nargizian, Chair of the Town of Thompson Republican Committee.
The chairs of the four major political parties say they came together with a concerted effort to find the two best village trustee candidates, which they believe are Doug Solomon and Jill Weyer, part of the Monticello United team.
"We want to be united and we want to show that we are committed to change," said Weyer.
"We've been going door to door for the last three weeks on the weekends. The response we are getting is overwhelming," said Solomon.
Gilmore says he was not approached by anyone to run as a spoiler and that he supports the Mayor.
"There are a lot of initiatives that the mayor has done that has helped the village," said Gilmore.
In the past, Gilmore has made two failed runs for school board but says like the plagued county seat, you shouldn't count him out.
"Monticello, I got to tell you is one of the most resilient villages around," said Gilmore.
Oswald Allen and Rochelle Massey will run as Democrats, forcing a primary.
In the general election, they plan to run on Mayor Gordon Jenkins' G-Man line.