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HAMMOND - The Republican Party of Hammond is inviting the entire community to “Meet the Candidates Night” from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 30 at the Village Hall, Main Street.

The evening will start off with an introduction of each of the Republican candidates from 6 to 7 p.m. The remainder of the night will be dedicated to social hour from 7 to 8 p.m.

While many of the candidates are running unopposed, Hammond Republican Chairperson Erica C. Demick said it’s still a great time to ask candidates about their 2014 goals. She said anyone from the community is invited, regardless of their party affiliation.

“In the Republican party, we encourage open government and any opportunity for voters to interact with candidates and ask any questions in an open forum,” Ms. Demick said.

In the town’s only contested race, Robyn L. Gilmer is running for town clerk against incumbent Darlene Amyot.

This is Ms. Gilmer’s first run for public office and she said will be happy to answer questions during the meet-and-greet.

“I got a little push to run from some friends that wanted something better for their community and more convenient hours,” Ms. Gilmer said.

Ms. Gilmer said she would like to see the town clerk’s office open from 7 or 8 p.m. two days during the week and from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday for people “that may be out of town during the week and come home on the weekends.”

“There were many complaints that were coming in from town residents that the offices weren’t open for business owners,” she said. “Many of our residents work outside of town and it’s difficult for them to be back in town before 4 p.m.”

Ms. Gilmer describes herself as a “Hammond girl, born and raised, who wants to help her hometown.” Her mother, Janice Gilmer, was a former village clerk.

“I was the bookkeeper for the Yacht Basin for many years,” she said.

Ms. Gilmer will join several other republicans at “Meet the Candidates” night, including:

*Ron W. Bertram: running for Town Supervisor

*Douglas Delosh: running for Town Council

*James Tague: is running for Town Council (Vote for two)

*Donald Greene: is running for Town Highway Superintendent

*William Sheridan: is running for Town Justice

*Mary Rain: running for St. Lawrence County District Attorney

*Kevin Crosby: running for St. Lawrence County Coroner

*June Wood: running for St. Lawrence County Coroner

Refreshments will be available. Voting will take place on Nov. 5.

Polls are open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the Hammond Fire Hall.

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