Board shows support for Vanselow to replace Goodspeed

JOHNSBURG Though the Johnsburg Town Board wont make it official until January, it appears the board is poised to appoint Ron Vanselow to replace Board Member Sterling Goodspeed. Goodspeed is in the second year of his term as a town board member but will vacate his seat to become town supervisor following his successful bid to replace retiring Supervisor Bill Thomas. After January 1, when Goodspeed assumes his new office, the board will appoint by majority vote someone to fill the seat until December 31, 2008. The seat will then be contested in the November, 2008 general election. At Tuesdays town board meeting, three members of the board voiced support for Vanselow, who lost to incumbent Eugene Arsenault by eight votes in the general election two weeks ago. Town Supervisor-elect Goodspeed, a Republican and chairman of the town Republican Committee, pledged that the appointment would be non-partisan and would reflect the will of the voters as manifested in the election. Vanselow ran on the Democratic, Conservative and Smart Growth Party lines. I think we got a pretty good look at the will of the voters, Goodspeed said. And as I look at what I see from the voters, I see Ron. Board Member Arnold Stevens said that when he learned which way the election was going (Arsenault by eight votes) he called Vanselow and asked him if hed be willing to accept the appointment to the board. When I looked at who should be appointed, I saw Ron, Stevens said. Arsenault said that as he reflected on the campaign that pitted him against Vanselow and two other candidates, he was impressed with the campaign Vanselow conducted because it fostered dialogue on the issues and was positive in nature. I felt very fortunate to have succeeded, Arsenault said. I told Ron I would be honored to support him for the board. I think the vote indicated that the people want him on the board. The fourth vote on who will be appointed will be cast by Board Member-elect Frank Morehouse, Jr., who was elected to replace Alyce Vankuren, who is retiring from the board. Vanselow, who attended Tuesdays board meeting, expressed a desire to serve the community on the Town Board. Im a little overwhelmed by the support that has been expressed, Vanselow said. I will endeavor to do my best for the town and its residents. Vanselow has been active in town government, having most recently served on the Planning Board for several years and currently serves as its co-chairman.

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