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Three vying for two seats on Indian Lake board

INDIAN LAKE With less than a week remaining before the general election, the Indian Lake Town Board has three candidates competing for two available seats. Incumbents John Rathbun and George Virgil, are both seeking reelection as councilman against a bid by local challenger, Ed Brown. Councilman Rathbun, a teacher and athletic director for Indian Lake Central School, is seeking election to a second term. An active member of the community and involved in many projects related to economic growth, Rathbun remains especially committed to the areas youth. As a long-standing local resident, Rathbun stays actively involved in the community through his membership in the Indian Lake Volunteer Ambulance Corps and as a summer deputy for the Hamilton County Sheriffs Office. We have a couple of projects that Im looking forward to finishing-up during my next term, said Rathbun. The cell phone towers in Indian Lake and Blue Mountain Lake are very important and we are still working hard on the hydro project. If reelected, Rathbun intends to involve students more directly in the community through a variety of programs. Id like to teach the kids how to take more pride in their community and to develop a spirit of volunteerism, he said. Councilman Virgil is currently employed as a full-time bus driver for Indian Lake Central School. He is seeking election to a fourth term on the board. As a former local business owner, Virgil maintains a heightened sensitivity to tax-related issues and fiscal responsibility within the town budget. Throughout his current term, Virgil has been active in many community events, with a notable contribution as a committee member for the 2008 Indian Lake Sesquicentennial Celebration. My biggest thing is taxes, said Virgil. Indian Lake is made up of a very diverse population. We have people who are simply trying to stay in their homes, and taxes are a big part of that. A lot of them are living on a fixed income, so its important that taxes stay low. While he maintains a sense of pride in his contributions to the town, Virgil is quick to point out the achievements of the entire board and the towns elected officials. Were a good board because were a diverse board, added Virgil. Everyone on the board loves Indian Lake, thats why we are there. We all look at the town in a different way, but we all love it in the same way. Town Board candidate Ed Brown could not be reached for comment. In the towns other races, current Town Supervisor Barry Hutchins, Town Clerk and Tax Collector Julie Clawson, and Town Justice Thomas Atwell all have filed for reelection, with each candidate running unopposed.

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