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County clerk, Elizabethtown candidates make final pitch at forum

E-town Republican Committee hosts meet the candidates night

Denton Publications Publisher Dan Alexander, standing, moderates the Meet the Candidates Forum at the Elizabethtown-Lewis Central School with Essex County clerk, Elizabethtown supervisor and Elizabethtown town council candidates. Pictured, from left, are supervisor candidates Margaret Bartley and Noel Merrihew III; town council candidates Michael Doyle, Evelyn Hatch, Ben Morris (obstructed) and James Phillips; and county clerk candidates Joe Provoncha and Brent Vosburg.

Denton Publications Publisher Dan Alexander, standing, moderates the Meet the Candidates Forum at the Elizabethtown-Lewis Central School with Essex County clerk, Elizabethtown supervisor and Elizabethtown town council candidates. Pictured, from left, are supervisor candidates Margaret Bartley and Noel Merrihew III; town council candidates Michael Doyle, Evelyn Hatch, Ben Morris (obstructed) and James Phillips; and county clerk candidates Joe Provoncha and Brent Vosburg. Photo by Keith Lobdell.

— “I have learned a lot about budgets, expenses and the ins-and-outs of business in general,” Vosburg said. “I feel that I know the ins-and-outs of the office having worked there for Joe and I think that I can add to that. I honestly feel that I can do a better job.”

Each of the town council candidates also got the chance to express what they hoped to accomplish if elected to the position.

“I would encourage more of a cooperative feel between the town organizations because all of their goals are for the betterment of the town,” Hatch said. “I have a pretty good idea of the issues that the town faces, and I want to be a part of the comprehensive plan in order to ensure and sustain our future.”

“I want to try and make the fire department, highway department and town board work better together,” said Phillips. “I have a knowledge of the equipment and how to operate it in each department, and I know about the pricing and purchasing of this type of equipment.”

“I want to play and active role in the future of our town,” Morris said. “I will make decisions to the best of my ability after considering what is best for the community as a whole.”

“I have always had an interest in the town and its future, and now I feel that I have the time and ability to devote to the town,” Doyle said. “With several major projects coming up, I want to see what we can do with these projects to make them successful and then to attract people to the town and retain our young people.”

Voting in Elizabethtown will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 8, from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the town hall.

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