CANTON St. Lawrence County Republicans will target Democratic-held seats on the Board of Legislators which come up for election in two years and the district attorneys race next year, according to the incoming county chairman of the GOP.
Thomas L. Jenison, Canton, was tapped by fellow Republicans on Sept. 27 to take over from Nancy K. Martin. Mrs. Martin will become an assistant secretary, regional chairwoman and communications director.
Mr. Jenison is chairman of the county Planning Board. He is a landlord and owner of Jenisons Books & Antiques.
Party members will work in the near future on building up committee participation to look for candidates to run against Democrats on the Legislature. All of the boards 15 seats are up for election in 2014. Democrats control the board 8-7.
The Republicans had a good shot at gaining control two years ago, Mr. Jenison said. The Democrats and Republicans on the board work well together, but we could certainly utilize more Republicans for fiscal security.
The party needs to talk to potential candidates now to make sure they have the time and interest to serve, he said.
Were saying you cant wait until three months before the election, Mr. Jenison said. Wed like to have strong candidates in all the races, although I know theres some we probably will not take over.
The other focus will be on District Attorney Nicole M. Duvé, a Democrat, who faces re-election next year. Ms. Duvé first took office after winning a 2005 race against Gary W. Miles to succeed Jerome J. Richards, who was elected county judge in 2004. She was unchallenged for her second term.
We actually believe we have one, if not two candidates, Mr. Jenison said. They have let it be known theyre interested in talking. They feel that office has some room for improvement.
Mr. Jenison declined to name the possible candidates.
Republicans have earmarked money raised for the races.
Next year, were going to add to it, Mr. Jenison said. We do have some money to assist.