Brattleboro election: No races for Selectboard


BRATTLEBORO -- All three of the incumbent Selectboard members who are up for re-election this year will most likely be back following the March 4 Town Meeting Day election.

The deadline for getting a name on the ballot was Monday, Jan. 27 and no one turned in a petition challenging David Schoales, John Allen or Donna Macomber.

Barring a very strong write-in campaign, each of the three incumbent members will be back behind the table in the Selectboard meeting room during the first board meeting in March.

Schoales is running unopposed for a three-year seat on the Selectboard, while Macomber and Allen are each running for on open one-year seat on the board.

The Brattleboro Town School Board will have a new member after Town Meeting Day, but it will not be because of a contested race.

School board Chairwoman Margaret Atkinson will not be running for re-election.

New comer Kim Price is running unopposed for an open one-year seat on the board, while incumbent school board members Schoales and Mark Truhan are also running without facing a challenger.

Schoales is running for a three-year seat on the board while Truhan is running unopposed for a one-year seat on the board.

Even the race for town moderator, which saw a spirited contest last year between Lawrin Crispe and Doug Cox to fill the vacancy created when Tim O'Connor declined to run after 22 years, did not get another candidate for the ballot.

Crispe is running unopposed for the one-year moderator seat.

And on the Brattleboro Union High School board incumbent board members Russell Janis and Ian Torrey are not facing a challenge to their three-year seats on the high school board.

Petitions were also due Monday for Representative Town Meeting members and Brattleboro, at this point, is 25 seats short of having a full slate of Town Meeting Representatives.

In districts one and two there are 12 positions open in each district without a candidate, while district 3 has one position open without a candidate as of Monday's deadline.

The districts can caucus prior to Representative Town Meeting to try to fill some of the open seats.

Brattleboro residents will also be asked to weigh in on two other articles at the polls on March 4.

The Selectboard wants voters to consider a 1 percent local option tax to help defray costs associated with the ongoing renovations to the police and fire facilities.

The Town Meeting Day Australian ballot article is nonbinding, and only advisory to the Town Meeting Representatives who will have the final say on the local option tax at Representative Town Meeting on March 22.

Voters will also decide if the town should send a letter to the EPA and to President Barack Obama to encourage them to enforce the Clean Air Act to combat climate change.

The March 4 Town meeting day election and Australian ballot will be held at Brattleboro Union High School. The polls are open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Howard Weiss-Tisman can be reached at 802-254-2311, ext. 279, or Follow Howard on Twitter @HowardReformer.


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