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Candidates for Keeseville mayor talk about dissolution and issues

— The two candidates for the office of Mayor in Keeseville both spoke about the ongoing dissolution study and other key issues facing the municipality.

Both incumbent Mayor Meegan Rock and challenger Dale Holderman responded to a series of questions from The Valley News as they continued to prepare for the village election, which will be held next Tuesday, March 20.

The incumbent, Rock, is an independent accountant and served as a trustee from 1994-1998 and has served as Mayor from 2008 to present. She received a bachelor’s degree in Social Science from SUNY Plattsburgh with an emphasis on political science.

Holderman is the owner of the Village Liquor Shoppe in Keeseville and currently serves as a member of the Revitalize Keeseville group. He has also served with the Cub Scouts and was appointed to the Town of Peru Planning Board.

The following is the candidates’ responses to the questions asked of them by The Valley News:

Why do you feel you are qualified to serve as Mayor?

HOLDERMAN: I have many years of experience working with boards of different kinds, working with different government agencies. I have supervised a staff of more than 30 at a time, worked with multi-million dollar budgets and complex contract negotiations. A good mayor keeps the expenses reasonable, doesn’t spend more than taxes bring in, and knows for sure that the taxpayers are the people we serve as both, customers and beneficiaries. We have a need for a trustworthy local government that uses common sense, is financially competent, ethical, strives to rebuild public trust through communication and helps foster the community in every way possible.

ROCK: Ability to communicate with residents.

What strengths do you bring to the position?

ROCK: My years of experience, 50-year residency, knowledge of village infrastructure, good report with village staff, excellent working relationship with both towns and identification with village residents.

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