Rhinebeck parties name candidates for town board

Richard J. Murray was chosen by the Rhinebeck Republicans at their Sept. 13 caucus as the Republican candidate for a town board seat in the Nov. 4 election.

Murray is a member of the town planning board and has been a his volunteer steward of the Drayton Grant Park at Burger Hill and a coach for a Rhinebeck youth travel soccer team. A long-time Dutchess County resident, he works as a logistics consultant, according to a GOP news release.

He is married to Linda Murray, an attorney in Poughkeepsie, and they have two children, Juliet and Sean.

Murray will face incumbent Allan Scherr who also announced his candidacy last week after a Sept. 15 Democratic caucus tapped him to run.

Scherr has been serving a one-year term filling out the vacancy that resulted last year when Elizabeth Spinzia was elected Town Supervisor. Spinzia, also a Democrat, nominated Scherr at the caucus.

Scherr currently serves as the town board liaison to its web committee, Historic Preservation Committee, and to the Town Historian, according to a Democratic Party news release. He is a retired IBM fellow and spent over 30 years managing technology projects.

Scherr and his wife, Linda, have owned property in Rhinebeck since 1981 and have lived there full time since 2001.

The town board, headed by Spinzia, also includes Elaine Fernandez, a Democrat currently serving her first four-year term; Bruce Washburn, a Republican now in his second term; and Joseph Gelb, a Democrat, also in his second term.

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