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Challenger Dianna Trummer and Mayor Clyde Rabideau. Photo: Chris Knight, via <a href="">Adirondack Daily Enterprise</a>
Challenger Dianna Trummer and Mayor Clyde Rabideau. Photo: Chris Knight, via Adirondack Daily Enterprise

Saranac Lake voters return Rabideau to mayor's office

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Clyde Rabideau has won another term as mayor of the village of Saranac Lake. Voter turnout was low, with only 19 percent of voters turning out. But the margin was healthy: Rabideau, a Democrat, defeated Republican challenger Dianna Trummer 391 to 141.

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Chris Knight
Adirondack Correspondent

Rabideau served 10 years as Plattsburgh's mayor in the 1990s before becoming Saranac Lake mayor four years ago. He said he feels "validated" by the election results.

"I was the unknown person four years ago, not really from Saranac Lake," he said. "But I've lived here 10 years now, and I've been re-elected and I feel very gratified. There's a lot of work left to do, and I'm anxious to roll up my sleeves and get started."

Rabideau said infrastructure projects and keeping the tax levy in check will be a priority in his next term. He also said he wants the two pending hotel projects in the village to "go through in the appropriate fashion," and hopes to bring more jobs to the community, specifically more biotech companies.

Trummer, who had never run for elected office before, focused her campaign on rising taxes and village utility rates that she said have made the community unaffordable for many people. She said Tuesday she's worried that this issue won't get the attention it deserves from the village.

"My experience has been those that struggle understand the problems. Those that don't struggle don't," Trummer said. "I really don't know if they would have the same intensity that I would have. I'd like to think so, but I really don't know."

Trummer said she was "honored and humbled" to receive as many votes as she did. She said she plans to stay involved in village issues.

Two other incumbents were re-elected in Saranac Lake Tuesday. Allie Pelletieri and Tom Catillaz will return to the village board of trustees.

Voter turnout was sparse, likely due to what proved to be a relatively quiet, uneventful and uncontroversial campaign. Only 509 people, or roughly 19 percent of the village's registered voters, cast ballots Tuesday.

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