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Vanselow wins in JBurg

Elections 2011

Ron Vanselow is Johnsburg’s next town supervisor. He was at town hall the morning after the election looking to move the supervisor’s office to the front of town hall.

Ron Vanselow is Johnsburg’s next town supervisor. He was at town hall the morning after the election looking to move the supervisor’s office to the front of town hall. Photo by John Grybos.

— Ron Vanselow isn't waiting until Jan. 1 to get involved as Johnsburg's new town supervisor. The morning after the elections, he was down at town hall scoping out space for his new office.

“It's certainly a humbling experience, and all the times I've been put in office it's been an honor to serve,” he said. “I hope I can meet the voters positive expectations.”

Vanselow ended the election with a sizable lead of 422 votes over Chuck Martin, who tallied 178, according to unofficial results.

In meet the candidate forums prior to election day, Vanselow said he wanted the supervisor's office to move closer to the town hall entrance, so he can be readily available to hear the voices of his constituents.

“It's important that I be front and center when I'm not busy with other things, like county meetings,” he said.

Vanselow said he plans to meet with Highway Superintendent Dan Hitchcock, who was reaffirmed in an uncontested race, later in the day to talk about a town road plan for the future.

Building repairs will be prioritized, said Vanselow, and he's thinking about the best committee assignments for his council members.

In other Johnsburg balloting, Pete Olesheski earned the highest vote count for one of two open board seats with 435. Incumbent Eugene Arsenault earned the second seat with 353. Bob Nessle placed third with 245 and Roger Mosher earned 67.

Warren County

By Thom Randall

For the county treasurer position, County Real Property Services Director Michael Swan defeated Michael O’Keefe, 7,056 to 4,426. The elder O’Keefe was renowned for transforming the office by providing financial advice to county leaders — a tradition Swan has pledged to carry forward while making it easier for citizens to pay taxes through electronic bank transfers and credit card payments.

Essex County

ELIZABETHTOWN — Newcomb Supervisor George Canon retained his seat with 237 votes, while Eleanor Yandon earned 48.

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