It is election time again for the Greater Ogdensburg Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, with 10 candidates vying for seven seats on the 25-member group.
Three of the candidates are incumbents seeking a second consecutive three-year term that is the allowed maximum under the chambers bylaws. They are: Lori M. Smithers, chamber president and development director for United Helpers; Lisa E. Hirsch, finance manager at Blevins Bros.; and Michael Brashaw of Ed-Med Federal Credit Union.
Three directors have reached their two-term limit and cannot run again. They are: Lee A. Jones, insurance executive agent; Barbara J. OKeefe, president of the Fort La Presentation Association; and Larry Doe.
One sitting director, Lisa Knowlton of the St. Lawrence Federal Credit Union, has decided not to run for a second term.
The seven new candidates are: Kim Demers of Kimros Medicine Place, a former board member; Lauren V. Gilmour, education specialist at the Frederic Remington Art Museums Kids Place; Douglas Johnson of SeaComm Federal Credit Union; Joseph Metz of Park Street Agway; Judith Ryan of the Fort La Presentation Association; Michael Thayer of the St. Lawrence Federal Credit Union; and Derek Van House of Pinto-Mucenski-Hooper-Van House and Co. accountants.
Chamber Executive Director Sandra M. Porter said Thursday that she will soon mail the ballots to the chambers 275 dues-paying members.
The ballots must be returned to the chamber office with a postmark no later than Oct. 24.