CARMEL, N.Y. - The Town of Carmel Democratic Committee has voted to endorse Jean J. Hopper as a candidate for Carmel Town Board in the 2019 fall elections.

Hopper will vie for one of two seats on the board after Republican incumbents Jonathan Schneider and John Lupinacci said they would not seek re-election.

“We couldn’t be more proud to support someone like Jean who has a record as a public watchdog, showing great integrity and dedication to improving how government works in Carmel,” said Jennifer Colamonico, chair of the Democratic Committee. “Jean has been attending meetings and watching this board for three years now. She will be ready on Day 1 to find answers to questions about town budgets, planned expenditures and the master plan revisions to give taxpayers the transparency they deserve.”

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A resident of Mahopac for 27 years, Hopper stepped away from her career in retail management to raise her two children, who attended Mahopac schools. An involved parent, she was a Scout leader and a member of the PTO, MHS Marching Band Parents, and Friends of MHS Drama. Her daughter is completing graduate studies in education while her son is a specialist in the U.S. Army’s 10th Mountain Division, stationed at Fort Drum, N.Y. Over the years, Hopper has been a school bus driver and monitor and now works as an educational aide to a child with disabilities.

“I see so many opportunities for better fiscal management of our tax dollars and for more transparency in how our town does business,” she said about her reasons for running. “It’s been very frustrating to watch how slowly the Town Board moves on critical items, such as our many water districts and infrastructure. Too much of our tax money is spent on patchwork repairs and expensive studies, rather than fixing the system the right way to begin with. I’d like to increase fiscal responsibility—this is our money, and it should be spent with caution and thorough research on each and every agenda item.”

In January, the Putnam County Republican Committee nominated former councilman Frank Lombardi of Mahopac and Carmel hamlet resident Robert Schanil to run for the two open seats in November.