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drydendems village candidates2019Left to Right: Clay Converse, Mike Murphy, Jason Dickinson

At their caucus January 28, Democratic residents of the Village of Dryden selected three candidates to run in the election to be held March 19. Mike Murphy will again be the Democrats' candidate for mayor.  Murphy rejoined the Board of Trustees in 2013 after many years; he first served in the 1980s. He worked closely with Mayor Taylor on the water project and ran for mayor successfully last year when she stepped down.

Joining Murphy on the ballot will be Jason Dickinson, who ran for the first time in 2018 to complete a trustee term and will now run for a two-year term. Dickinson is a veteran teacher at George Junior Republic and has three sons who attend Dryden Schools. His particular focuses in his year on the village board have been in the areas of public safety and civil engineering.

Deputy Mayor Tom Sinclair is not running again, and the caucus unanimously selected Clay Converse to take his place on the ballot as trustee candidate.  Converse is retired from the Air Force and from many years with the Boy Scouts of America. He and his wife have been villagers since 1994 and saw two children graduate from Dryden Schools.

In brief remarks, the candidates pointed to village successes over the past year, including the elimination of the arsenic problem in the village water, new LED lights, paved municipal parking and a completed sidewalk project, and improved communication with residents.

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