Forum allows public to view candidates in action

NORTH CREEK About 90 people listened intently Tuesday as the six candidates running for Town of Johnsburg elected office shared their views at a candidates forum at Tannery Pond Community Center. The forum was organized by the Gore Mountain Region/Town of Johnsburg Chamber of Commerce. The retirement of long-time Supervisor William Thomas has Ski Bowl Park Committee President Andrea McKee and Town Councilman Sterling Goodspeed vying to replace him. McKee, a computer consultant and mother of four, has the Democratic, Conservative and Johnsburg Smart Growth Party endorsements. In addition to the Park Committee, McKee has held leadership positions with North Country Outreach Center, the Methodist Federation for Social Action and the Troy Annual Conference Communications Committee. McKee is stressing the need to effectively manage growth through a planned, proactive approach as a key concern facing the town. Johnsburg is not prepared to handle the growth we have experienced since 9/11, McKee said. Effective planning is critical to our future and will take proactive leadership, organizational skills, consensus building and management experience. My proven skills in these areas ...convinced me I should step up to the challenges we face. Goodspeed, a married father of two is a private-practice attorney and Assistant District Attorney for Hamilton County. He has the Republican Party endorsement. In addition to the Johnsburg Town Board, Goodspeeds community leadership includes stints as the Warren County District Attorney, the Warren County public defender, the North Creek Depot Association, the North Creek Rotary Club and the Board of the Adirondack Tri County Nursing Home. Goodspeed said the Town of Johnsburg is facing the most challenging period in its recent history. I feel that I can bring my experience in government and the private sector to the position of supervisor in a manner that will protect taxpayers, balance growth and create an opportunity for young people to share the same sort of experience I did growing up here. Four candidates are running for two seats on the Johnsburg Town Board to fill seats currently held by Eugene Arsenault, who is seeking re-election and Alyce VanKeuren, who is not. Arsenault is a married father of four daughters and holds a senior management position with Citizens Bank. Arsenault has the Republican Party endorsement. His community service includes 17 years on the Johnsburg School Board and more than two decades on the Johnsburg Town Board. Arsenault said that managing the change that is coming is a key issue for the town. Our community is at the advent of substantial change and faces many challenges in he very near future, Arsenault said. The opportunity to participate in addressing these challenges for the benefit of our community is important to me. Marko Schmale is the manager of Whitewater Challengers and a married father of three who has the Democratic, Conservative and Johnsburg Smart Growth Party endorsements. His community service leadership includes the Whitewater Derby Committee, the Hudson River Professional Outfitters Association and the Ski Bowl Park Committee. Schmale said the Town Board needs to hear and incorporate varied points of view representing the diversity of its residents. I feel that I would be able to contribute and add to the discussions that will shape the future of our town for generations, Schmale said. I believe the developers need us more than we need them and we need to work for the best deal for our town. I plan to work for a Johnsburg which incorporates some new development but doesnt displace families. Frank Morehouse is superintendent of buildings for Warren County and a married father of four who has the Republican Party endorsement. Morehouse is a past president and current vice president of the Johnsburg School Board and is a member of the North Creek Fire Department. Morehouse also believes managing change is a key issue in this race. (Im running) to serve my constituents in planning, implementing and controlling change and growth in our town while maintaining the unique heritage of our area and establishing sound financial management, Morehouse said. Ron Vanselow is an educator who works with incarcerated youth at the Washington County Jail. He is a married father of three who has the Democratic, Conservative and Johnsburg Smart Growth Party endorsements. Vanselows public service includes the Johnsburg Planning Board, Johnsburg Environmental Advisory Committee, the Johnsburg Recycling Director, the Warren County Recycling Advisory Committee, the Johnsburg Landfill Advisory Committee, the Adirondack Regional Emergency Services, Inc., as well as serving as a volunteer EMT/paramedic for seven years. Vanselow said that the current board is managing change effectively. The two biggest issues facing our community when I ran for Town Board two years ago were a sound budget, and the effects of large-scale development on our way of life, he said. Our current board has still not adequately addressed these concerns and its now time for a change.

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