Johnsburg election season heats up with announcement of new political party

JOHNSBURG Johnsburg Town Supervisor candidate Andi McKee and Town Board candidates Marko Schmale and Ron Vanselow issued a press release this week announcing that they have formed a new political party that they say will be focused entirely on Johnsburg specific issues.

All three candidates have the endorsement of both the Democratic and Conservative Parties, but they said they feel the challenges facing the town transcend politics as usual, and are best addressed through an independent party platform.

We believe that people can come together with different ideas, from different sides of issues, and work together to improve our community, McKee wrote in the press release. At this time in our history it is vital that the interests of all constituent groups are taken into account.

Continuing development pressures promise to bring both positive and negative impacts to local residents. The three candidates said that the Johnsburg Smart Growth Party platform is designed to meet these challenges in a way that will work toward providing economic opportunities for town residents, while preserving the important things that make it such a wonderful place to live.

Everyone running for office says they care about maintaining the quality of life that we enjoy in Johnsburg, said Marko Schmale. But wishing doesnt make it so. Positive planning puts residents in control of the future.

McKee and Republican Town Board Member Sterling Goodspeed are both seeking to succeed Town Supervisor Bill Thomas who is retiring. Schmale and Vanselow are in a race for two seats on the Town Board where three Republican candidates, Jean Comstock, Frank Morehouse, Jr. and incumbent Town Board Member Eugene Arsenault will first face off in a September primary to determine which two will appear on the Republican ballot line in the November general election.

The press release further stated that the Johnsburg Smart Growth Party is a uniquely qualified field of candidates. Andi McKee has 15 years of project management experience, technological expertise, and a record of community service. Marko Schmale brings decades of local knowledge of the recreation and tourism business to the table. And Ron Vanselow has worked for a decade and a half on town planning and zoning issues and also has extensive experience in the areas of emergency services, solid waste, and the public sector.

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