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Stephenson looks to fill vacant Halfmoon Town Board seat

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Albany/HV: Stephenson looks to fill vacant Halfmoon Town Board seat
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YNN's Erin Vannella has more on Wednesday's Halfmoon Town Board Meeting, and plan pitched by Deanna Stephenson to fill the vacant seat on the town board.

HALFMOON, N.Y. -- One person after another spoke at the podium to address the Halfmoon Town Board on behalf of Deanna Stephenson.

"You know I have a policy for open and transparent government. However, I'm deeply concerned I'd be disqualified simply because of my party affiliation," said candidate for town board Deanna Stephenson."

She's a Democrat who is looking to take the seat left behind by Republican Craig Hayner, who is taking a Saratoga County Clerkship.

"62 percent of registered voters in Halfmoon are not registered Republicans. And I will remind you that I received more votes in November, more than 2,200, more than the other candidate set before," said Stephenson.

Daphne Jordan, a Republican, also wants the seat.

"I urge you to not be closed minded, but to be open minded and open your minds up to other people as well," said candidate for town board Daphne Jordan.

Stephenson lost her run in November by 193 votes. Kevin Tollison, who won the seat for supervisor, explains the formal process for application.

"I honesly don't know who has submitted their application yet or not, but by that December 15 deadline, all board members will receive a copy of the resumes and letters, and we will proceed forward from there," said town supervisor-elect Kevin Tollison.

There is no special election to fill this vacancy, any town resident can apply by December 15. They will then make their decision for who will fill the spot, in the new year.

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