Rutland County candidates file their election intentions
Staff Report | January 29,2013
Most Rutland County voters will have to make at least one decision on local officers at the polls in March.
In Benson, three people are competing for two seats on the Select Board as challenger Robert Lussier seeks to unseat either of incumbents Sam Bartholomew and John Hill.
Brandon has three candidates seeking two seats on the Select Board, with newcomers June Kelly and Blaine Cliver joining incumbent Ethan Swift. Selectman Devon Fuller, who held a one-year seat, is now running for a three-year seat, as incumbent Mitch Pearl is not running for re-election.
The town also has a contest for first constable, with incumbent Gigi Corsones facing challenger Gerry McGraw.
Castleton has a grand total of seven Select Board candidates. Selectwoman Patricia Graziano will seek to fend off challenges from Patrick Eagan and John Hale for her three-year seat. The holders of the two-year seats, James Leamy and Edward O'Shea, face challenges from Thomas Kearns and Wenger Rehlen.
Chittenden and Clarendon have no contests.
In Danby, Steve Haines and Dan Garceau are vying for a three-year seat on the town's Select Board. Haines was appointed to fill a vacancy. Incumbent Dorothea Edmunds is being challenged by Cher'allyn Powers for the one-year delinquent tax collector seat. Incumbent Marjorie Abbott faces a challenge from Richard Smith for a three-year auditor post.
In Fair Haven, Robert Richards is looking to unseat either Selectman Timothy Langlois or Selectman David Ward to claim a two-year seat on the board. In Hubbardton, Dawn Custer and Marissa Memergut are vying to replace Town Clerk and Treasurer Margaret Vittum, who is retiring after 30 years in office.
No information was available from Ira Monday afternoon.
In Killington, incumbent Jim Haff is facing challengers Patty McGrath and E.J. Willis for a three-year seat on the Select Board. Whit Montgomery and Mark Fiore are competing for the two-year job of first constable, a position being vacated by Scott Bigelow.
Mendon and Middletown Springs have no contested races.
Mount Holly has a two-way race for a Select Board seat left vacant by Paul Nevin. Newcomers Tim Martin and Ronald Unterman are competing for the three-year seat.
Mount Tabor and Pawlet have no contested races while Pittsfield nominates candidates from the floor.
In Pittsford, Cathy Rider has challenged Selectman Alan Hitchcock for his two-year seat on the board.
Poultney has no contested races.
Proctor voters will choose between candidates vying for spots on the town's Select Board and School Board this year. Select Board Chairman Eric “Rick” Anderson is being challenged by Richard Horner, a former town selectman, for the two-year seat. On the School Board, a three-year seat left vacant by the departure of Mary Fregosi has set up a two-way race between newcomers Preston Garcia and Lisa Miser.
There is only one contested race in Rutland Town. Don Chioffi will face off against Chris Kiefer-Cioffi for a three-year seat on the Select Board, left vacant by James Hall.
Sudbury, Tinmouth and Wallingford all have race-free ballots.
In Wells, the departure of Selectman Don Pruess has opened a seat on the board that both Enoch Pratt and Heather Thomas are seeking to fill.
In West Haven, a race for a three-year seat on the Select Board will give voters two new candidates to choose from. The seat, left vacant by incumbent Peter Doran, is being sought by Christopher Hoyt and Rodney Ethier.
West Rutlandhas a crowded School Board Ballot. For the pair of one-year seats, incumbents Tom Callahan and Mike Moser face challengers Peter Baird, Blake Cushing and Maureen Warner-Blackmore. David O'Rourke has decided not to seek another three-year term, and Francesca Girardi, Tony Morgan and Mike Moser are all trying to claim his spot.
Reporters Gordon Dritschilo, Brent Curtis, Lucia Suarez, Josh O'Gorman and Correspondent Sandi Switzer contributed to this report.