Editor's note: This story has been corrected to show that Christine Stage is not chair of the Town of Warwick Democratic Party.
VILLAGE OF WARWICK – Four candidates will be running for two seats on the Warwick Village Board on March 18: an incumbent trustee, a developer, a resident who agreed to run after another candidate declined nomination, and a resident whose campaign manager signed the objections invalidating another candidate's petition.
The two seats open are those of Trustee Barry Cheney, who is running to keep his seat, and Trustee Eileen Patterson, who decided not to run again. For the first time, the elected trustees will serve four-year terms instead of two.
Nominating petitions, for candidates to be put on the ballot, were due Feb. 11. Petitions were filed by Cheney; Stephen Kitar, developer of the controversial Pulpit Rock Inn proposal; Mark O'Mahony, running with Kitar as part of the “GROW” party; Corey Bachman, a three-year resident who ran for Town Council in November; and Mary Collura, a Warwick native and 10-year village resident.
Objections were filed to the petitions of Collura, O'Mahoney, and Kitar by Lauren Vitovsky, a Warwick resident who is recording secretary of the Town of Warwick Democratic Party. The objections were notarized by Christine Stage, Bachman's campaign manager.
Election rules require that nominating petitions contain 100 valid signatures. O'Mahony's petition had 183 signatures, 60 of which were invalidated; although his petition was valid, he dropped out of the race Feb. 15, and Alfonso Gonnella stepped in to fill his spot on Feb. 17.
Kitar's petition had 195 signatures; 67 were invalidated. Collura's petition had 159 signatures; 75 were invalidated, leaving only 84 valid signatures.
Collura said she is still seeking election via a write-in campaign.
“As the only woman running, I bring diversity to the board that represents a diverse community,” Collura said Friday. “If I am not elected, our Village Board of Trustees will be composed of five white men.”
Polls will be open from 6 a.m.-9 p.m. at the Goodwill Hook & Ladder Co., 25 Church Street Extension.