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Westport holds meet the candidates forum with super, council candidates

Westport candidates for political office include, from left, Daniel McCormick (town council), William LaHendro (town justice), Michael “Ike” Tyler (town council), Bruce Ware (supervisor), Daniel Connell (supervisor) and Nancy Page (town council).

Westport candidates for political office include, from left, Daniel McCormick (town council), William LaHendro (town justice), Michael “Ike” Tyler (town council), Bruce Ware (supervisor), Daniel Connell (supervisor) and Nancy Page (town council). Photo by Katherine Clark.

— Five candidates went head to head at the Meet the Candidates night at the Westport Town Hall on Thursday, Oct. 13 in a forum presented by the League of Woman Voters of Plattsburgh.

The three candidates running for Town Council: Dan McCormick, Michael Tyler, and Nancy Page.

McCormick is running under the Fair Deal ballot, Tyler is running under the Republican and People’s Party ballots, and Page running under the Common Sense ballot.

Running for the town supervisor position, Daniel Connell is running for re-election under the Democratic and Square Deal ballots against Councilman Bruce Ware, who is running on the Future Common Sense ballot.

Attending residents and voters were able to anonymously submit questions to perspective candidates with the use of flash cards.

Audience members asked the candidates questions about supporting local business, potential business growth, how the candidates felt about the statewide 2 percent tax cap, the candidates’ stance on extending the town’s sewer line, party choice, and what the candidates thought were the best and worst parts of the Westport population.

Town council candidates were asked what they would do to bring business into the town of Westport. Page, as councilwoman, said she would like to look at bringing Westport businesses up to date with new marketing.

“I think our focus should be on small business growth and Internet marketing to bring more young people into the area,” Page said.

Tyler said he would encourage already established businesses to spur economic growth.

“We must do our best to support the business we have already, by doing that they can be the best advocacy to bring people into this town,” Tyler said.

Residents also wanted to know what the candidates thought about improving town structures such as the town hall, firehouse and the possibility of a new town shed that would not overload the town budget. Page and McCormick said the plans should wait until after the election to be put in place.

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