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Meet the candidates in Westport

Incumbent Town supervisor Dan Connell shakes hands with first-time candidate Jim Carroll at the Meet the Candidates Night at the Westport Town Hall, Oct. 17.

Incumbent Town supervisor Dan Connell shakes hands with first-time candidate Jim Carroll at the Meet the Candidates Night at the Westport Town Hall, Oct. 17. Photo by Katherine Clark.

— Candidates for the four open seats in the upcoming election put themselves and their political ambitions on the table for Westport’s Meet the Candidates Night Oct. 17.

Open positions in the town government include two council seats, town justice and town supervisor.

Michael “Ike” Tyler is running unopposed for town justice.

For town council, incumbent members Tim Sherman and Russ Paquette were joined by candidates Gerry Goulet and Steven Viens.

For Supervisor, incumbent Dan Connell will be running to serve his eighth term in the position, while newcomer Jim Carroll is running against him.

The event was hosted by the League of Women Voters, who monitored the dialogue. Each candidate was given the opportunity to present an opening statement, answer audience questions, ask their opponents a question and present a closing statement.

Town Council

Sherman opened first saying he has enjoyed his time serving in the office and found his work both, “interesting and rewarding.”

“Part of the job is trying to solve some of the issues and look ahead,” Sherman said. He noted as a councilman, one of the challenges the board faces is working on is the upcoming budget.

“I would ask that you think of me next month,” Sherman said.

A first time candidate for the town council, Viens said he hopes his experience working for the county highway department will make him a successful member of the team when understanding mechanical issues with the highway department.

“I feel it’s time to get involved,” Viens said. “Westport needs to grow, be revitalized and I’m just willing to help.”

Incumbent candidate Russ Paquette began his introduction speech under the title of the man whose, “lived in Westport longer than anyone on the face of the Earth.

“I know this town inside and out and I still think I have something to offer.”

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