Democratic candidates for town office

Clockwise from top-left: Greg Helsmoortel, Fred Costello, Darren Chlud, Leanne Thornton

The Senior Center on Market Street was packed on Tuesday, June 28, as Saugerties Democrats convened their caucus to officially nominate their slate of town candidates for the November 8th election. Greg Helsmoortel was nominated for a 7th term as Town Supervisor along with Fred Costello and Leeanne Thornton for their 3rd terms as Town Board members. First-time candidate Darren Chlud was nominated for Highway Superintendent. John Brown and Ron Doyne both spoke of Chlud’s strong work ethic, his twenty-year background in construction and road maintenance, and his knowledge about how to budget jobs and get the work done on schedule.Helsmoortel, a lifelong resident of Saugerties, is widely respected for his nonpartisanship and long-standing commitment to Saugerties. As a tenacious watchdog over the town’s finances, Greg has made it a priority to keep town taxes low and to obtain millions of dollars in grant money. He was the driving force behind the police consolidation, shared highway services agreement with the County, energy efficient upgrades for the town’s municipal buildings that have resulted in substantial cost savings, and the Kings Highway water and sewer project that has produced the longest “shovel ready” business corridor in Ulster County at zero cost to town taxpayers.For more information about the Democratic candidates, please go to