Valley News 2010 Local Election Coverage

Willsboro Town Supervisor Candidates

Edward Hatch

Party: Democrat

Age: 72

Education: Willsboro Central School, Cheshire Academy, St. Michael's College

Occupation: Retired insurance salesman and real estate agent. Current president of Hatch Brothers Inc.

Political experience: Former Willsboro town supervisor, former president of Willsboro School Board, former election commissioner.

Organizations: Former president, Willsboro Industries; Willsboro Development Corporation; helped organize Essex County Industrial Development Agency.

Quote: "I believe the main issues of this election are 'pocketbook issues.' The continuing increases of the town, county, land and sales taxes are having negative effect on all of us. The town and county governments must provide adequate services to the community, but they must use all means to keep the cost of the services under control. Programs that are not necessary must be eliminated.

With my experience as a past and present small business owner, serving as a former town board member and town supervisor, and with twenty years as county election commissioner, I have the knowledge and understanding of town and county governments. I know what must be done to provide good services at reasonable costs."

Darren Darrah

Party: Republican

Age: 45

Education: Willsboro Central School ('84), associates degree in travel and tourism from The Stratford School

Occupation: Co-owner, Sportsman's Dinette, 2000-present

Political Experience: Willsboro town councilman (four years)

Organizations: Chairman, Essex County Industrial Development Agency; Chairman, Essex County Capital Resource Corporation; Past President, Willsboro-Essex Kiwanis; Willsboro Heritage Society; Willsboro Community Housing Assistance Task Force; Trustee, Essex County Historical Society; Trustee, 1812 Homestead; Past Director, Willsboro Development Corporation

Quote: "There are several issues that our town is currently faced with that need immediate attention; labor negotiations with the DPW employees, water district improvements, continuing to lobby for the remaining five miles on Willsboro Mountain (Rt. 22), the vacancy of the former IGA, and to see through the completion of the Comprehensive Plan."

"My past and present career experiences, in addition to my governmental service, afford me the opportunity to be able to accept the challenges that arise in a position such as this. These challenges need to be logically evaluated, balancing the concerns of all those involved including the taxpayer. My experience in marketing, tourism and economic development can be directly applied to the position that I seek. An organized and efficient government is key to reducing waste, excess spending and improved services."

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