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GOUVERNEUR — Village Republicans at a caucus Saturday chose a political newcomer to run for one of two village trustee positions up for election rather than the deputy mayor.

Of the 23 people who attended the caucus at 9 a.m. in the municipal building, 18 voted for Diane L. Cotter Monroe to be a candidate, 15 for incumbent R. Nelson Lawrence — who is a registered Conservative — and 10 for Charles W. Newvine, who is the deputy mayor.

Mr. Newvine said he had tried to rally his supporters but they did not show up.

“I just didn’t get the numbers,” he said. “I’m kind of at a loss.”

Mr. Newvine said he was discouraged by the results and has not made up his mind yet whether to run as an independent or seek Democratic endorsement at their caucus.

“I have to weigh out the options,” he said. “It’s a tough decision.”

Ms. Cotter Monroe, the wife of veterinarian Timothy J. Monroe, a member of the Gouverneur Town Council, said she was asked to run by several people last week.

She decided to become a candidate based on the way people were treated at several village board meetings she attended as a member of the village Planning Board.

When she complained that the Planning Board was having difficulty making a quorum and wanted to have either two members replaced or two people added, she was asked why she had not emailed or called the errant members.

“That was an inappropriate response,” she said.

She also was unhappy about the treatment of the Gouverneur Cemetery Association, of which she is a member, by former Department of Public Works Superintendent Michael Moroz III and Mr. Newvine over the association’s use of village-donated equipment and the plowing of sidewalks.

The village board in general should be more accommodating for those trying to improve the village, including the fire department, rescue squad, police officers and others, she said.

“I don’t have an agenda other than to be a little kinder to people, especially those who volunteer,” she said.

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