2019 Candidates Announced


At its recent official nominating caucus in July, the New Baltimore Democratic Committee chose Peter Melewski to run this November as Town Justice, to fill the seat of retiring, long-time Democratic Justice Joseph Farrell, who has served the Town in this post for 28 years. The Democrats also tapped Richard Guthrie and Nancy Sanchez Faul to compete for two positions on the New Baltimore Town Council in the upcoming General Election this fall.

As part of the New Baltimore Democratic Committee’s continuing  efforts to choose candidates based on their qualifications, rather than political party enrollment, two out of the three contenders are not enrolled Democrats. Melewski  is registered as an NOP (No Official Party) and is thus not a member of any specific political party.  Guthrie is an enrolled Democrat, and Faul is a registered Independence Party member.

Melewski has lived in the town for 32 years and has been married to his wife Carol for 33 years. They raised their two children, Jenna and Melanie, in New Baltimore.  Peter is a licensed professional New York State engineer, who worked for the New York State Thruway Authority for 24 years, holding critical statewide positions such as Superintendent of Thruway Maintenance and Director of Design. He subsequently entered the private sector as an executive, founding three Capital District offices for three industry-leading consulting firms, providing his unique leadership and facilitation skills – which will serve him well as Town Justice. For example, he was the Project Manager for “Walkway over the Hudson,” the conversion of an historic 1.25-mile bridge over the Hudson River into a phenomenally successful state park.  The project has received numerous national and international awards. He created his own consulting firm in the summer of 2019.  He holds a BS in Civil Engineering from Syracuse University, and an MS in Urban and Environmental Studies from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He currently serves as President of the New Baltimore Conservancy, for a second time. Peter also served as Chair of the New Baltimore Town Planning Board for three years, served on the RCS Capital Projects Review Committee, facilitated a $500,000 grant for the Coxsackie YMCA, and was Chair of the Deacons for the New Baltimore Reformed Church. Registered as a NOP (No Official Party), with no specific party affiliation, Peter will be running this November on both the Democratic ballot and the independent Hills and River line.

Richard P. Guthrie, Town Council candidateRichard Guthrie is a 40 year New Baltimore resident who has been elected in the past as a member of the Town Council, working collaboratively with a bi-partisan board to serve all New Baltimore residents.  A United States Navy Veteran, Rich has worked for the NYS Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services for 25 years, following his previous service with the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, where he worked in the Environmental Analysis and Clean Water Program after being assigned to Fish and Game Law Enforcement.  During his military service, Rich was part of the Naval Security Group charged with specific overseas intelligence missions. He was a member of the Albany United States Coast Guard Reserves, is a graduate of the FBI Citizens Academy, is a past Post Commander of the New Baltimore Post American Legion, and was a 20-year member of the Volunteer Albany Maritime Ministry, aiding sailors arriving at the Ports of Albany and Coeymans.   Apart from being a respected ornithologist, he is also a board member of the Greene Land Trust, working with the Greene County IDA to bring jobs and economic development to the area while preserving the natural environment in New Baltimore and elsewhere.  Rich is well known as the voice on “Vox-Pop” (Voice of the People), a popular radio call-in program that he’s been doing for more than 20 years on NPR’s Northeast Public Radio -WAMC- out of Albany, NY. He has also been a guest lecturer at many of our colleges and universities, along with many civic organizations and societies.

Nancy Sanchez FaulNancy Sanchez Faul, who has lived in New Baltimore for more than a year with David, her husband of 20 years, brings with her three decades of work in public service and community activism both here in the United States and internationally.  With a BA in Social Work and Spanish from Simmons University in Boston, Nancy has worked with local organizations, unions and churches in New England, Tennessee and Guatamala.  She served as Chair of the Board of the Essex County, Massachusetts Community Organization, facilitated negotiations with unions and management with Hale Hospital in Haverhill, Massachusetts, and worked to initiate a Machinist Training Program with General Electric and the City of Lynn, MA, to create jobs in the industry and spur economic development in the area.  She is a member of the Greene County Historical Society, the Sierra Club and the New Baltimore Conservancy.  Nancy is the proud mom of five children, two of whom have served in Iraq and Afghanistan in the United States Marine Corps, and loving grand-mother to eight grand-children.  She is an enrolled Independence Party member.

For further information, interested residents may visit the website of the New Baltimore Democratic Committee and Club at www.newbaltimoredemocrats.org