An unaffiliated candidate is on the ballot in Washington in the race for first selectman.

Deborah Forese, 45, of Horse Heaven Road, will be challenging Republican incumbent Mark Lyon for the town’s chief executive job in the November election.

The Shepaug Valley School graduate filed earlier this month in the town clerk’s office.

The secretary of the state’s office has confirmed Forese’s petition.

Forese has not responded to Spectrum requests for an interview.

Lyon is running for a fifth term as GOP first selectman. Democrats have not endorsed a candidate.

“We’ve spent the last four years recovering from disasters,” Lyon said, upon being endorsed. “Now we’re ready to move forward.

“We’re at a point where we can start working on building a new senior center,” he added. “I wish we could have done it four years ago.”

Lyon said he looks forward to a campaign for the seat this year.

If re-elected, he will be entering his first four-year term as first selectman. Voters in the town approved four-year terms for selectmen and first selectman in 2013 to begin with the 2015 election.