BARKER – Somerset’s deputy town clerk, Tracy L. Carmer, has announced her candidacy for the office of town clerk in a bid to succeed longtime Town Clerk Rebecca A. Connolly, who will retire at the end of her term after more than 39 years of service.

“I am committed to delivering the most efficient vital services to the residents of the community,” Carmer said.

“I am grateful for serving under the guidance of such an exceptional town clerk for the past seven years. I have gained immeasurable experience and am excited about the opportunity to serve the residents of my town in a greater capacity.”

Connolly said she was pleased by Carmer’s announcement.

“Tracy has been such an asset to me and the town since she began in 2002. I am delighted she has elected to seek the office of town clerk for Somerset. She aspires to offer the best in public service putting the residents first,” Connolly said. “When you combine that with her experience and qualifications, I believe Tracy Carmer will be an exceptional town clerk.”

Carmer is a member of the New York State Town Clerks Association and was recently designated a registered municipal clerk.

She has a degree in accounting and has served the town since 2002 in various capacities, including confidential assistant to the supervisor, clerk to the water/sewer department and deputy town clerk, where she worked with the town clerk to convert manual accounting systems and streamline operations with her knowledge of accounting software applications.

Carmer is involved in many community and volunteer organizations, including treasurer for both the Barker Free Library and Friends of the Barker Free Library. She is a former member of the Barker Parent-Teacher Association and was active in her son’s Boy Scout troop and as Cub Scout leader, where she was named Den Leader of the Year by the Iroquois Trail Council.

She and her husband, Brian, have lived in Somerset since 1988 and have two grown children.

Carmer, a registered Conservative, will seek the Conservative, Republican and Independence Party nominations for the November election.