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Hatch faces challenge from Gilliland in Willsboro

— Voters in the town of Willsboro will choose between two current members of the government to serve as supervisor.

Incumbent Supervisor Ed Hatch is running against current town Councilman Shaun Gilliland in the Tuesday, Nov. 5, election.

What do you bring to the position that will benefit the residents of the town?

Hatch: My experience in the position. I have accomplished a number of items in the community that were necessary like addressing the sewer plant and water consent order. We have also been closing out accounts that owed the town over $700,000 and I have been able to reduce the taxes.

Gilliland: I think I have fairly extensive experience in the military, in government and in business. I think that I am quite qualified for the job with 25 years of Navy experience, I have managed large budgets and I run my own business which has been very successful. I have had success here as a fire commissioner, member of the planning board and on the town council. I bring some new and fresh perspective to the town hall and a new way of solving problems.

What do you believe is the state of the town right now?

Gilliland: We are a tremendous town with great people and a lot of talent. There is a mix of people who have been here all their lives and relatively new residents. We are situated in an area that has tremendous potential because of natural resources and its potential for business. We are not moving ahead right now; we are just kind of existing. The town needs to have a vision and move forward on that for economic development. We need to pull ourselves up by our bootstraps and go in the right direction.

Hatch: We are very good right now. The state gave us a very low stress rate, which means we are financially in good shape. All of the major problems in the town are now under control and have plans in place to address them.

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