Elizabethtown Eight candidates for three offices met in the Elizabethtown-Lewis Central School auditorium for the second meet the candidates night in Elizabethtown, this time held by the Elizabethtown Republican Committee Oct. 25.
Those in attendance to address the nearly 40 members of the audience included Essex County Clerk candidates Joe Provoncha (incumbent) and Brent Vosburg; Elizabethtown Supervisor candidates Noel Merrihew III (incumbent) and Margaret Bartley; and Elizabethtown town council candidates Michael Doyle, Evelyn Hatch, Ben Morris and James Phillips. The event was moderated by Denton Publications’ Dan Alexander.
Each candidate was given a chance to introduce themselves and their platform, a period to answer questions from the audience, and a final statement. Each post was given their own block of time, with the most comment and audience participation happening during the portion of the evening dealing with the position of town supervisor.
“Town and county government are becoming more complex each day,” Merrihew said. “But the challenge is one that I enjoy. I come to you with a track record that speaks for itself and a commitment to make Elizabethtown a little better each day.”
Merrihew, a previous chair of the Essex County Board of Supervisors, also said that his experience as an assessor has helped him relate to people who have questions about assessment and tax codes. Merrihew also brought up his concerns over the state-mandated 2 percent tax levy cap.
“In theory, it can be a good idea,” Merrihew said. “But under the table, the state passed a 20 percent increase in spending that is going to force us to make some tough choices.”
Bartley said that she was running for the position held by Merrihew because it was time for change in the town.
“I want to bring a change of leadership,” Bartley said. “I think that we need a change of leadership and a change of communication.”