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.
Westport Incumbent Dan Connell will seek re-election against Jim Carroll when residents go to the polls Nov. 5.
Voters in Westport can vote at the United Church of Christ in Wadhams for District one from 6 a.m. until 9 p.m. on Election Day; and at the Town Hall, 22 Champlain Avenue in the hamlet for Westport for voters in District two.
Connell: Between being on the town board as a councilman and supervisor, that’s 14 years that I’ve served on the Westport town board. During that time I’ve brought in over $20 million in grants and low interest loans. The contacts that I’ve made during that time and especially in the grant process are invaluable. We’ve done a lot in the town of Westport, and in the town there’s more work to do. Over the next two years, working in concert with the town board and all of our committees, I’d like to continue to try to improve the town like we have over the last 14 years.
Carroll: I think by empowering the staff at the town to do their jobs to their best potential. I think I’m good at that. I’m good at setting up, good recording, and working with the crew at Westport to come up with goals and objectives that they can shine with. The bigger picture is there is working with counties, with all the other supervisors and also with the town council which ultimately, they’re the ones that make the decisions. My job is to find alternatives, ideas and to work with them to put the ideas that they have to bring the town forward.
A big issue in Westport is the need for a new garage for the town DPW and volunteer fire department. If elected, what will you do to see this come about?