By Holly Crocco
Robert Cullen wants Southeast residents to know there will be a choice for town supervisor in the November election.
While Nick Durante won the Republican primary in June, Cullen has secured the Conservative Party line on the ballot.
Cullen served on the Southeast Town Board from 2010 to 2018, which he said gives him experience to lead the town. “I’m running because I really think I am the better candidate,” he said.
Cullen said he was supportive of Putnam County Legislator Paul Jonke in his quest for the Republican Party line against Durante. However, when Jonke lost the GOP primary and decided to drop out of the race out of respect for the voters’ decision – meaning there would be no race for supervisor in November since there is no Democratic candidate – Cullen decided to seek the Conservative Party line at the last minute.
With only about 500 voters showing up for the Republican primary, Cullen said he felt Durante’s victory was not enough to give him the position without further challenge. After a Conservative Party caucus, Cullen won the nomination and got his name on the ballot.
“I thought people should have a choice,” said Cullen.
Further, Cullen noted that no other positions are being contested in townwide races. “If I didn’t get on the ballot, there would be no reason to vote in Southeast,” he said. “I just figure, I’ve got the experience and I’d like to try to make the town better.”