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05/02/2007

Gone West, young man

by Jeremy Hooper

West-JJason West, the New Paltz, NY, mayor who garnered national attention back in 2004 for marrying same-sex couples, was defeated last night in his bid for re-election.

News to which the religious right responded: Ya see? The Lord works in mysterious, procrastinating ways!

Jason West out as New Paltz mayor [Daily Freeman]

**For more on West's successor, Terry Dungan:

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Your thoughts

Looks like local issues had more to do with this than anything else.

Posted by: John | May 2, 2007 3:50:25 PM

Jason West inspired a lot of New Paltz villagers along with the rest of the nation when he performed the samesex marriages in 2004. But people who tried to work with him on everyday issues found Jason to be, sadly, very difficult to work with. He had to go, but we all wish him very well. And Terry Dungan is just as liberal and progressive as Jason on environmental and social issues and he's going to be a groovy mayor too.

Posted by: Celeste | May 3, 2007 9:19:16 AM

Celeste: Your account is one that I've heard from many others. And I have heard great things about Terry Dungan, so I'm happy to see what he does.

This is actually of strong interest to me personally, as my partner and I plan on buying a "city escape place" in New Paltz in the next two years. The first time we visited, we immediately fell in love with the geography, vibes, and people. Who knbows -- maybe the city will someday become our "New Paltz getaway" rather than vice versa :-)

Posted by: G-A-Y | May 3, 2007 9:24:03 AM

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