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Public meets Johnsburg candidates at Tannery Pond

Gore Mountain Region Chamber of Commerce Director Lisa Salamon (at the podium) introduces the 11 town of Johnsburg candidates running for office this fall during a Meet the Candidates forum Tuesday, Oct. 22 at the Tannery Pond Community Center in North Creek. From left are town council candidates Arnold Stevens, Bob Nessle and Kate Nightingale; supervisor candidates Curtis Richards and Ron Vanselow; town clerk candidates Sharalee Falzerano and Jo Ann Smith; town justice candidates Vincent Schiavone and James Haker; highway superintendent candidate Dan Hitchcock; and town justice candidate Howard Tucker Sr. About 30 residents showed up to hear the candidates explain why they should be elected and answer questions from the audience. The general election is on Tuesday, Nov. 5.

Gore Mountain Region Chamber of Commerce Director Lisa Salamon (at the podium) introduces the 11 town of Johnsburg candidates running for office this fall during a Meet the Candidates forum Tuesday, Oct. 22 at the Tannery Pond Community Center in North Creek. From left are town council candidates Arnold Stevens, Bob Nessle and Kate Nightingale; supervisor candidates Curtis Richards and Ron Vanselow; town clerk candidates Sharalee Falzerano and Jo Ann Smith; town justice candidates Vincent Schiavone and James Haker; highway superintendent candidate Dan Hitchcock; and town justice candidate Howard Tucker Sr. About 30 residents showed up to hear the candidates explain why they should be elected and answer questions from the audience. The general election is on Tuesday, Nov. 5. Photo by Andy Flynn.

— Eleven candidates running for office in the town of Johnsburg gave brief speeches and answered questions from the audience Tuesday, Oct. 22 during a Meet the Candidates forum at the Tannery Pond Community Center.

The Gore Mountain Region Chamber of Commerce hosted the event, with assistance from Tannery Pond staff, and Chamber Director Lisa Salamon was the moderator.

The format was simple. Candidates were allowed a maximum of 3 minutes for an introductory speech, explaining their qualifications, and then answered questions from audience members, who filled out question cards before taking their seats.

Not all candidates stayed under the 3-minute time limit. For the sake of fairness, we have transcribed the candidates’ first 3 minutes here. Any comments made after 3 minutes will not be printed.

For the sake of brevity, with space and time constraints at press time, we have only included the introductory speeches, not the questions from the audience.

The candidates are listed in order of appearance at the forum. Highway Superintendent Dan Hitchock is running unopposed; therefore, his comments were not included in this story.

Ron Vanselow

Ron Vanselow is the current town supervisor running for re-election.

First of all, I’d like to welcome you here and thank Lisa for her efforts and the others involved in setting this up.

Most of you probably know me. I spent about two decades working in various volunteer services for the town, 13 years on the Planning Board, seven years on EMS and finally on the Town Board in 2008. And when Mr. Goodspeed opted not to run in 2011, I decided to run because I saw there was a real need to change direction in this town.

There were a few core issues. One was highway work, maintaining buildings and taking care of our parks and other grounds, also the highway aspect of our budget. So I worked to change some of the fiscal priorities in the budget. All in all, I think we’ve got a pretty good start. We’ve got a lot of work in the town buildings, lots of work in the town parks. We’re always wrestling with the cemeteries, but I think we’ve got a winning formula for this coming year.

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