HINSDALE, NY — Two council seats are on the ballot in Hinsdale, and three candidates are competing for the posts.

Republicans Joseph Noll and Gerald Maerten and Democrat Lori Clovis are the candidates. Maerten also has the Conservative Party line. Noll has served on the council for two years. Maerten and Clovis have not held elected office in Hinsdale.

Clovis, a Democrat who ran for a council seat two years ago, explained she wants to serve on the council in order to give back to the community.

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“My family has always been big on public service. My mother was the supervisor in Hinsdale for 25 years, and my uncle was before her,” she said. “My family has always contributed to the community. It is a wonderful place to live and I want to do my part to keep it that way.”

Noll and Maerten could not be reached for this story; neither responded to email and phone requests from TAPinto Greater Olean.

Clovis, who has a master’s degree in English, has been teaching as an adjunct at St. Bonaventure University since 1984. She also has taught at Jamestown Community College, the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford and Alfred State University.

Clovis said that if elected, she would ensure Hinsdale remains a safe place for citizens.

“My goal is to keep Hinsdale on the path it is already on," she said. "The board has been updating and getting more things computerized, and I think we need to continue doing that.” 

“I want to keep Hinsdale the nicest place to live and bring up kids. It is a pretty safe community and it is very friendly. Everybody helps each other, and I would just like to do my part to continue it that way.”

Council members whose seats are not up for a vote are Mary Ann Powley, Douglas Wilson and Ron Brown.

The winner of the election on Tuesday will serve a two-year term.

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