- Rich Klein
EDITORIAL: MACE SHOULD NOT HAVE BEEN IN RACE
Regardless of his record as a council member in the Town of Thompson over the past decade, Scott Mace does not deserve to hold the position of Town Supervisor.
Today, he is on the ballot as a Republican trying to unseat Democrat incumbent Bill Rieber - despite facing two felonies and a misdemeanor related to his alleged theft of oxycontin from the pharmacy he once owned.
The simple fact is that Mace tried for nearly six months to hide his arrest by New York State Police after The SullivanTimes reported it exclusively back in May.
Even if he's found innocent of all the charges, the fact that Mace was not straight with constituents about the issue tells you all you need to know about his ability to be transparent.
He could have set a great example for young people as a leader facing a drug problem and used it for the greater good. He sadly chose not to.
If someone has a drug problem, yes, that's personal. But Mace denied that in a recent interview with WJFF, saying he has only a "pain" problem.
When you are a public official, especially one with the title of town supervisor, you are held to a higher standard than the average citizen.
We hope Mace is getting and continues to receive treatment for his pain and/or addiction issue regardless of the outcome tonight. We hope he uses this experience to be a force for good in a County that remains under serious attack by the opioid crisis.