North Creek Voters will be able to meet this year’s candidates for various positions in the town of Johnsburg government during a “Meet the Candidates” forum at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22 at the Tannery Pond Community Center.
The forum is being hosted by the Gore Mountain Region Chamber of Commerce. All 11 candidates have been invited. The format will include a 3-minute introduction by each candidate followed by a question-and-answer period. During the Q&A, attendees can submit written questions and indicate whether the questions are for one or all candidates. Chamber Director Lisa Salamon will be the moderator.
The Chamber has held "meet the candidate" forums in the past, last hosting one two years ago.
"We felt that since the town of Johnsburg covers such a large area, it's beneficial for the community to be able to meet and hear candidates' ideas for moving the community and region forward," Salamon wrote in an email to the News Enterprise.
All but one open position in the town of Johnsburg is being contested. Highway Superintendent Daniel Hitchcock (R) is running unopposed.
For town supervisor, incumbent Ron Vanselow is seeking re-election on the Democratic and Conservative tickets. He is being challenged by town Planning Board member Curtis Richards (I-People’s Choice party).
For Town Council, incumbents Katharine “Kate” Nightingale (R) and Arnold Stevens (R) are seeking re-election and are being challenged by Bob Nessle (I-Ski Train Johnsburg party).
Town Clerk Bill Rawson is not seeking re-election, and his position is being contested by Deputy Town Clerk Jo Ann Smith (R, I-Rose party) — on the ballot as “Jo A Smith” — and Sharalee Falzerano (D, I-Bull Moose party).
Incumbent Town Justice Vincent Schiavone is seeking re-election on the Republican ticket. He is being challenged by Howard Tucker Sr. (D) and James Haker (I-Ski Train Johnsburg party).
The general election will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 5.