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.
continued One thing that I really wanted to do was to make the office of supervisor available to the public in this town. I started out by moving the office of supervisor right to the front of the town hall, so my handsome face is the first thing you see when you walk in the building. And if I don’t scare you off, I’m there to help you.
For years you’ve seen me in all kinds of events around town: festivals, concerts, all kinds of fun things to do like parades. And one reason I go to these things is because they are fun. Another reason I go to these things is because that’s where the people are. I’m often stopped and asked about various issues in the town, and I try to give people answers. I try to assist them as I can.
I think I’ve made a change in how the office of the supervisor is done for the people of this town.
Curtis Richards is running for supervisor.
I live up on Goodman Road in Johnsburg. I graduated from JCS in 1981. I’ve been a self-employed logger for the past 31 years.
For a couple of years, I was the highway superintendent, from 2006 to 2008. They were trying times. I’m sure Dan (Hitchcock) can relate to that position.
The reason I am running is I want to serve the people, and I feel that the town needs strong leadership in the years to follow ahead of us. They need someone to listen to and to field their ideas and to take responses from everybody.
I feel like I have a strong tie to this town because I’ve lived here my entire life. The first supervisor in the town of Johnsburg was John J. Richards. I’m a seventh generation Richards from him, so that makes me feel kind of warm and good about the town and the community. I remember going to school here and going to the youth program and using the swimming hole. Actually, I learned to swim there, so I know what that’s like to have that opportunity.