North Salem, N.Y. - A Republican candidate running for Town Council has plans to move out of state, but his name will stay on the ballot for the Nov. 5 election.
If elected, Republican Thomas Moreo would not be eligible to serve on the North Salem Town Board. Should he win, town officials say he would need to resign and the Town Board would appoint someone to fill his spot for a one-year term. The seat would be up for election again next year.
Two seats are up for grabs on the Town Board. Republicans endorsed Moreo and incumbent Brent Golisano. Democrats are running Katherine Daniels, a former school board member. Councilwoman Lisa Douglas, a Conservative whose term was up, was not endorsed by the Republican Party.
Republican Chair William Monti said in a phone call Sept. 13 that the local GOP tried to get Moreo's name taken off the ballot but were told by the county it couldn't be done because Moreo still lives in New York. Monti said the North Salem Republicans found out "a few weeks ago" that Moreo was planning to soon move out of state.
"It's disappointing for us because we believe we had strong candidates," Monti said. "He wouldn't have a right to hold office if he's moving out of state."
Monti declined to say why Moreo was leaving New York. Calls and emails to Moreo were not immediately returned.
There are still two contested races in North Salem.
For town justice, Republicans have endorsed incumbent John Aronian and Daniel Seymour. Justice Stephen Bobolia, a Republican, is not running for re-election.
Democrats have endorsed Solomon Schepps and Robert Leder. Both have previously run for town justice.
For town clerk, incumbent Maria Hlushko, a Republican, will face off against Democrat Billy Morin, who narrowly lost his bid for clerk last year.
Supervisor Warren Lucas is running unopposed for his seat.