CHAZY — Incumbents Carolyn M. Meseck-Pratt and Robert G. Dunlop will face challenger Christopher W. Latremore for the right to fill two open town justice seats this election cycle. Both hold four-year terms.
Robert G. Dunlop
Education: Degree in criminal justice
Professions: Retired as Station Commander with Plattsburgh-based State Police after 25 years of service; active for 3 years with US Army, 20 years with Naval Reserve; Insurance agent with Chauvin Agency, Plattsburgh; and substitute teacher for Jefferson County Schools, Louisville, Kentucky.
Experience: More than 16 years as a Town Justice—8 for Beekmantown and 8 for Chazy; Instructor for the Office of Court Administration; Certified in all courses of instruction for the Office of Town Justice.
Family: Wife, Carol LaBombard Dunlop; son, Robert G. Dunlop; three daughters, Sarah Ryan, Marsha Thomas and Bonnie Dunlop.
- Why are you running for this position?
I am running because I enjoy serving as a Justice, and feel that I have a lot to offer to the position. I also enjoy being part of the process of trying to get some of our society back on the right track of life.
- What experience do you bring to the position that will be beneficial to the community?
I believe being already certified for the position and the 16 years of experience is beneficial to the community. It saves them the expense of sending someone to Albany for four weeks of new training, which I already more than have.
- What is the most pressing need for the town, and how do you feel you can help meet that need?
I believe the most pressing need for the town right now is the tax increase they are looking at, and the way the court is being operated now with the current justices. It actually does not cost the town anything to operate the court, as I have written grants for and secured them for the purchase of most of our equipment. The court now brings back to the town about three times its budget. If the current Justices are re-elected, I am sure this will continue.