By CRISTINE MEIXNER
WELLS - Two Republicans are running to replace Town of Wells Justice Henry Malec, who died suddenly June 10: Deborah J. Klim and Gerard A. Murphy. They will meet in the Sept. 10 Primary Elections. It is a four-year term of office.
KLIM, 54, holds an associate's in applied science degree in Business from Fulton-Montgomery Community College.
She is employed by the NYS Unified Court System as a court assistant in Saratoga Family Court. "I have worked in numerous courts, not just Family Court," she says, "including county court and supreme court."
She was a youth leader for 15 years with the Fonda Reformed Church; is a member of Ful-Mont Repertoire Theatre Company (four years); has performed with Colonial Little Theater in Johnstown (four years); and is a member of Wells Improvement Group (vice president) for two years.
She says her experience with and knowledge of the court system would be an asset to the position. "I have 20 years working for the Unified Court System and three years in the Commissioner of Jurors Office in Montgomery County," she says.
If elected, Klim says, "I will uphold the laws and represent the town with integrity and honesty. I will insure that everyone with business with the Town of Wells Court will be treated equally and fairly."
She is married to Bob Klim, who is retired. They have three adult children.
MURPHY, 74, holds a bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice and Psychology. He worked for the NY State Police for 20 years, retiring as lieutenant / zone commander, and spent six years as deputy commissioner of the NYS Division of Criminal Justice Services.
He has been a member of Wells Volunteer Fire Company (fire police officer) and Wells Volunteer Ambulance Corps (vice president, driver training officer, 2011 Driver of the Year) since 2010, and has been a commissioner of Wells Fire District since 2012.
He served as a Town of Colonie councilman from 1988 - 1997 with four years as deputy supervisor and as the board's liaison to the town attorney's office and the town court.
Murphy says he is running because, "Town justice is a very responsible position in a community. I believe my years and experience in the criminal justice system will enable me to meet the demands."
If elected Murphy says he would "maintain the same level of fairness and responsible justice court for which Wells is known."
Murphy has been married to wife Susan since 1980. They have a grown daughter, Maggie Welch of Wells.