At the Jan. 17 meeting of the Jerusalem Town Board, the members were to meet in executive session to discuss appointing a replacement for Town Justice Matthew Davison, who is retiring for reasons of health. As the Republican incumbent, Davison was re-elected to the post last November, defeating Democratic challenger Sharon Pinckney 650 to 502.
According to Town Supervisor Patrick Killen, three potential candidates were being considered, and were to be discussed in executive session after the public meeting.
Several residents spoke up at the meeting to insist the board consider Pinckney for the position ahead of people who had never before expressed any interest in serving as Town Justice. They also asked them to consider her long residency and service in the community.
“Sharon made the effort and ran, and made a very good showing,” said one of those who spoke up. “The voice of the people deserves to be heard.”