MASSENA - Town Supervisor Joseph D. Gray said he was pleasantly surprised to not be facing a challenger in this falls upcoming election.
While Mr. Gray said he was surprised that Massenas Democrats did not nominate a challenger for town supervisor, he said that he understands, noting his own party was unable to nominate challengers for the town council races.
I wasnt shocked, but I didnt know ahead of time I wasnt going to have opposition, he said.
At Wednesdays town board meeting, Merlyn Berry accused board members of conspiring against the democratic process to ensure that both the supervisor and town council candidates ran unopposed.
Its not easy to get people to run for office, Mr. Gray said, noting that even finding volunteers for committee and other boards isnt easy. I know that.
Mr. Gray said in an ideal world there wouldnt be uncontested races, but he said hes sure the Massenas Democratic Committee worked to find a candidate.
Ive always been an advocate for having choices, but this time around we dont, he said. I dont think thats due to a lack of effort from either party.
When asked if he thought that the lack of a challenger meant that people thought he was doing a good job, he said thats not a conclusion he was going to jump to.
I suspect if Im not doing a good job, people will tell me, he said.
Despite the absence of a need to campaign, Mr. Gray said he is still planning to travel around the town and hold informal gatherings where people can share their concerns with him.
I have a hard time walking around because I have MS (multiple sclerosis), he said. Ideally I would like to meet people on their doorsteps, but I cant do that.
Instead, Mr. Gray said he is currently planning a series of meetings to be held in different neighborhoods, both in the village and in the town.
I still plan to have meetings around town, he said. I want to hear from people, if its good or bad.
While Mr. Gray said details of those meetings are not yet finalized, once they are, he said those dates and times will made public and published in the Daily Courier-Observer.