Two face-off in Smithville supervisor race

SMITHVILLE – Two Republicans are running for Town of Smithville Supervisor in the Nov. 8 general election: Fred J. Heisler Jr. and Councilman Roger J. Connelly.

But only one, Heisler, has his party’s endorsement.

Connelly, who has four years of experience on the town board, said he came to the town’s primary election to find his opponent already endorsed. Voters will find Connelly’s name on the Conservative line instead, under a platform called “Common Sense.” No Democrats nor independents appear on the ballot for supervisor.

Retiring Smithville Supervisor Allan I. Johnson, also a member of the GOP, has not backed either candidate. In addition to a new supervisor, voters will select two new members to the town board and, quite possibly, a new superintendent of highways to guide government in this small, rural town (pop. 1,330) located in south central Chenango County.

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