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Vol. 13/Number 25 June 21, 2013 Democrats name all-female slate By DANIEL OFFNER STAFF REPORTER sues facing the town…some came to a resolution, some haven’t.” Discussing several ongoing issues After a special caucus held on still before the council—including June 10, the Harrison Democratic union contract negotiations, zoning and illegal housing—Verano Committee has named is hopeful to, if elected, its slate for the 2013 bring a little bit of change to election. It is the first allthe board. female Democratic slate Having no prior experiin Harrison history. ence in politics, Verano At the top of the balsaid she is willing to give lot, Joan Walsh, the it her all and run a reliable, former two-term mayor responsible and respectof Harrison, leads the ful campaign. An active all-female ticket with Joan Walsh member of community and the intent of reclaiming civic organizations, Verano leadership from first-term previously served as a memincumbent Mayor Ron ber of the West Harrison Belmont, a Republican. Neighborhood Association, “I felt a sense of rechairwoman of the Senior sponsibility to the town,” Citizens Committee, and as said Walsh, 78, regarding a participant in several funcher candidacy, “which tions with the St. Anthony of I’ve worked so hard for, Padua church. for so long.” “I really feel you need to Joining Walsh on the lead by example,” Verano ticket, council hopeful Rosemarie said. Rosemarie Verano has Verano Democratic district leadthrown her hat in the ring ers first convened on May 13 with the hopes of unwith the intent of nominatseating one of two GOP ing candidates for local and incumbents, Marlene county office. However, only Amelio and Joseph Michael LaDore was named Cannella. to the local slate, at the time, “I’m flattered to be with the rest of the slate still given the opportunity,” to be determined. Verano, 60, said after reLaDore has since decided ceiving word on the final to drop out of the race due slate. Verano is a single Elizabeth “Jimmi”to Walsh’s mayoral candiPritchard dacy. In his place, Democratic parent and lifelong resident of West Harrison who de- Chairwoman Elizabeth “Jimmi” clared an interest in running on the Pritchard—a former town councilDemocratic ticket this past week. woman in the 1990s—has filled out She hopes to bring a new perspec- the slate. “I’m excited…I think we have tive to issues facing the town. “It’d be nice to get some fresh the right blend of people,” said people up [on the board],” said Pritchard, 70. “Mike [LaDore] had Verano. “There are a number of isDEMS continued on page 12 Last dance Harrison Athletic Director Patricia Seligman speaks at the senior awards banquet on June 6. Seligman, who is retiring, recently sat down with The Harrison Report to discuss her tenure at Harrison High School. For story, see page 15. Photo/Mike Smith LaDore drops out of council race, endorses Belmont By DANIEL OFFNER STAFF REPORTER After receiving the endorsement of the Harrison Democratic Committee, Town Council candidate Michael LaDore officially rescinded his candidacy due to political differences with the recentlyassembled balance of the slate— namely the mayoral candidate, Joan Walsh. "It's a shame," LaDore said. "I thought I had a good shot to win one council seat...but they chose to put a full slate together instead.” According to LaDore, he warned district leaders that he would not run alongside Walsh on the ticket. However, despite the warning, district leaders voted to put former Mayor Walsh on the ticket anyway. "I guess my candidacy didn't mean anything," LaDore said. In dropping from the Democratic line, LaDore said he no longer intends to run for one of two Town Council seats—held by Republican incumbents Joe Cannella and Marlene Amelio—and has no designs on a third-party candidacy. “It’s too much of an uphill battle.” LaDore said. LaDore has yet to hold public office, but has been involved in local politics for almost 40 years. He even previously served as the chairman of the Harrison Democratic Committee. In 1995, he lost a bid for mayor after running on the Independence Party ticket against former Mayor Phil Marraccini, a Republican. During the last election season, in 2011, LaDore sought the GOP nomination for mayor, but decided to drop out of the race before a primary was held. Had he continued, LaDore would have faced then mayoral candidate Ron Belmont in LADORE continued on page 14

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