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Trustee Marshall resigns, Murphy reappointed to board

June 6, 2018

eunice marshallAfter serving as village Trustee for two and a half years, Eunice Marshall has stepped down from her post for personal reasons and Mayor Frank Tatum has appointed long-time former Trustee John Murphy to take her place.

Marshall, who officially resigned on May 31, ironically was appointed to fill Murphy’s position back in October 2015 when he too resigned during his term. Marshall was later elected to a new 4-year term on the Village Board of Trustees in March, 2017. Her term was expire in 2021.

Marshall and her husband, Steve, of Hudson Avenue, have three sons who are fifth generation residents of Stillwater. Marshall is a former Town Tax Collector, former member of the Stillwater Schools Board of Education, Stillwater Baseball Booster Club and Parish Council member of St. Peter's Church. She is retired from Stillwater Central Schools. She was involved in several committees on the board including Parks and Recreation.

Murphy will serve in her place under appointment until the next village elections are held Nov. 6, 2018. Village elections were traditionally held in March every two years, but as a cost savings change and to encourage increased voter turnout, the village election date was revised to be the second Tuesday in November to coincide with state and national elections.

The Saratoga County Board of Elections is now responsible for overseeing the village elections. The next election will be a special election. The polling location for all village residents will now be at the Town Hall.

Village terms for Mayor and Trustee are four years, and elections are normally held in odd numbered years. This fall’s election is special necessitated by the mayoral resignation that led to appointment of Trustee Tatum as the Mayor and John Basile as Trustee to fill the position vacated by Trustee Tatum. And with the recent resignation of Trustee Marshall and appointment of Murphy there is a third opening to be filled by special election.

Therefore, the Mayor and one Trustee positions are open for election this fall for terms ending in December 2019. The Trustee position vacated by Marshall is for a term ending in December 2021. At the 2019 election the Mayor and one Trustee positions revert to the four-year cycle. Subsequently the second Trustee position will revert to the normal four-year cycle in December 2021.

Village residents are encouraged to participate in their government through the election process. If you choose to run for one of these offices, you must complete the “Independent Nominating Petition” with 50 signatures of registered village residents. The petition copies may be obtained from the Village Clerk and must be signed and returned to the Saratoga County Board of Elections at Ballston Spa, NY Aug. 14-21. Successfully filled out petitions will result in your name being placed on the Nov. 6 ballot.