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Vanselow “not a wild-eyed renegade,” enjoys volunteering

Ron Vanselow and Johnsburg Town Supervisor Sterling Goodspeed attended the Mathew Brady marker dedication Nov. 10 at the Wevertown Community Center.

Ron Vanselow and Johnsburg Town Supervisor Sterling Goodspeed attended the Mathew Brady marker dedication Nov. 10 at the Wevertown Community Center. Photo by John Grybos.

— He said he's held a lot of jobs in his time, “but in the last couple decades, the thing that's stayed constant is my commitment to the community.”

It's been said around town, including at the meet the candidate events prior to the election, that Johnsburg runs on volunteers. Vanselow said his efforts for the town aren't particularly exemplary.

“I never looked at myself as some kind of shining example,” he said.

The fire departments and community involvement committees are integral to the town, said Vanselow. He doesn't feel he's going above and beyond, he's just doing his part, he said.

Though his community involvement seems run-of-the-mill to him, he'd like to make a special effort to encourage citizens' involvement in town politics.

His plan to move the supervisor's office to the front of Town Hall reflects his philosophy that government should be open and accessible. He's planning to have a public schedule so people have a good idea of when they'll be able to catch him in the office.

He'll have county meetings and plans to work with economic development, but his available time should be public and easy to find, he said.

Vanselow has said he'd like to make sure committee assignments play to the strengths of his town board members, but with his seat becoming vacant, there will be a couple of new faces to get to know before he's ready to make his decisions.

A lot of townspeople aren't big on attending town meetings, so careful committee assignments will hopefully get more people talking to town officials and make big decisions as informed as possible, said Vanselow.

During his campaign, he talked about creating an economic development council to identify opportunities for the town and do what can be done from the town government to maximize those opportunities.

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