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Local man tosses hot in the ring, will run for highway superintendent

BAKERS MILLS For Daniel B. Hitchcock of Bakers Mills, the fact that his name will not be printed on the Nov. 4 ballot for highway superintendent is little more than an unfortunate detail. Last week, Hitchcock announced his candidacy for the position as a write-in candidate. He will join Republican nominee, Fred Comstock, and Independent candidate, Roger Mosher, in a bid for what is becoming a heated local race. Due to the timing of the petition process and after unsuccessfully interviewing for the Republican nomination, Hitchcock was faced with the decision to run as a write-in candidate or waiting until the next election cycle in 2009. Although I did not win their [Republican] endorsement, I am still going to run under a write-in, since I feel I am most qualified for the job, Hitchcock said in a recent prepared statement. As a fourth generation Town of Johnsburg resident, Hitchcock remains confident that his personal background combined with his professional experience will appeal to local voters. Until its closure four years ago, he managed the Peaceful Valley Road division of Albany Pallet Company for 22 years, a role that exposed him to numerous challenges and successes. I was responsible for everything from hiring personnel, scheduling cutting orders, all mechanical and electrical repairs, and usually working on a ladder, operating cutting equipment, or piling lumber, depending on who didnt show up, he said. I also put a lot of work into starting a voluntary program with the Department of Labor that brought us up to meeting all the requirements necessary to pass OSHA inspections. Following the mills closure, Hitchcock elected to stay in Bakers Mills with his family and pursue a career in General Contracting. Since then, he has run a successful local business but the position of Highway Superintendent has always appealed to him. A the time the mill closed and moved to Syracuse we were doing approximately $9 million in sales per year, and my cutting production had increased from approximately eight thousand board feet per day to 40-45,000 board feet per day, he added. But I do not take all the credit for our success. It was a combination of hard work by both the management and with employees. To run a Highway Department I feel it necessary for everyone to work together, and as Highway Superintendent I would request input from the Town Board and Town Supervisor. Also I feel the public would become more involved in town issues. I would invite all resident to come to to town meetings to get their input on solving highway issues. Over the next few weeks, Hitchcock will be campaigning throughout the town, educating voters on his qualifications and instructing them in the candidate write-in ballot process. This week he also received the written endorsement of prominent Johnsburg Town Councilman, Arnold Stevens.

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