BLOOMINGDALE - St. Armand Town Supervisor Joyce Morency last week responded to comments made by her Democratic challenger in this November's election; Tom Jones.
The incumbent, who has been in office since the early 1980s, says that Jones made a series of statements that were misleading at best.
"Some of these things that he says are just careless words thrown into a statement that he's making," Morency said.
"He says it's time for change," she said. "Everybody says that every time there's an election and someone's been in office for a while. Change is only good if it's good for St. Armand, and I don't think that if he wins this election and becomes supervisor that will be in the best interest of the people in St. Armand."
Jones announced his candidacy about two weeks ago. At the time, he said he wanted to open up the lines of communication between the town board and the community.
"I would conduct board meetings in a more inviting manner," he said. "Some people come to ask questions. I would try to be patient and answer those questions in a civil manner."
But Morency disagrees.
"Our meetings have always been open," she said. "The one thing about St. Armand is, a lot of people don't attend the meetings. I have so many people come in and out of this office with something they want to know about or some request and we take care of it."
"So they don't come to the board meeting because maybe they're happy with the way things are," she added. "We run a pretty tight conservative budget and we're a small town, there's a lot of things we might want to do but can't afford to do. But he's wrong when he says we're not an open government."