BARRE, N.Y. (AP) - It's one of the more talked about races in Orleans County, a grandson challenging his grandfather, a longtime incumbent, for Barre town justice.
But Bert Mathes and John Henderson want the public to know this election isn't a big family dispute. The two already plan on enjoying Thanksgiving dinner together.
"I'd do anything I could to help Bert become town justice - after I retire," Henderson said. "I'd even campaign for him."
Mathes says he admires his grandfather and wants to follow his example as town justice. He also said there won't be hard feelings because of the election.
"We're both in agreement that whoever wins, wins," Mathes said.
Henderson, 73, has held the position for nearly 24 years.
"This is just as if I have another opponent running against me," Henderson, a Democrat, said at his home on Route 31A. "It has nothing to do with my family life. I love all of my grandchildren."