Karen DeMay joins the Canandaigua Town Board following a 4-0 vote in favor of her appointment on Monday, January 31.
DeMay was appointed to fill the open seat created when Supervisor Jared Simpson resigned from the board to assume the position of supervisor on January 1, according to The Daily Messenger. She was worn in on Monday.
DeMay is a retired clerk to the Ontario County Board of Supervisors. She has 26 years of experience in county government and has worked with several town supervisors over the years- both Republicans and Democrats.
The town’s all-GOP board has been criticized ahead of the appointment for only interviewing Republican candidates. DeMay, a Republican, says she has no interest in running in November for the remaining year of the term, leaving the door open for other candidates.
The Town of Canandaigua’s five-member board is the governing body of the town, making policies and financial decisions. Board members will be paid $5,371 for 2022.
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