Valentine secures GOP nomination in Goshen

Goshen First Selectman Robert P. Valentine checks in with the registrars during the Republican Party caucus at Goshen Center School on Thursday. BZ photos

Republicans in Goshen nominated seven-term First Selectman Robert P. Valentine to be their first selectman candidate in the November election during a contested GOP caucus at Goshen Center School on Thursday.

Valentine weathered a challenge from Gerald Glass in winning the party nomination to seek an eighth term. The first selectman received 186 votes to Glass’s 134 in what was the most heavily attended caucus in Goshen in years.

Valentine’s running mate for selectman, Mark Harris, was also a winner at the caucus as he bested Glass’s running mate, Lynette Miller, 120-72.

In remarks after the vote totals were announced, Valentine thanked the crowd for turning out and participating and later said he was pleased with the result and humbled to be given an opportunity to pursue an eighth term.

Glass, if he chooses, could force a primary against Valentine in September.

The rest of the GOP’s nominated slate is Barbara Breor for town clerk, James Bernard for town treasurer, Scott Tillman and James Korner for the Board of Finance, Alan Booth for an alternate seat on the Board of Finance, Robert Harmon for the Board of Assessment Appeals, Diana Bernard for the Library Board of Directors, Laura Lemieux, Donald Wilkes and Patrick Lucas for the Planning and Zoning Commission, and Nell Glass for an alternate seat on the Planning and Zoning Commission.

Also, Donald Sage and Antonio Damiani for the Board of Fire Commissioners, Melissa Foster for an alternate seat on the Board of Fire Commissioners, and Alfred Shull, Russell Hurley, Lorraine Lucas and Anders Nygren for constables.

Challenger Gerald Glass prepares to vote.

Selectman candidate Mark Harris nominates his running mate, First Selectman Robert P. Valentine.

A portion of the large crowd that attended the caucus.