Rutland County races take shape
Staff Report | January 28,2014
Some towns in Rutland county will have empty ballots this town meeting, while others are brimming with races.
Benson has no contested races, while in Brandon, four candidates are running for the offices of town clerk and treasurer: Richard Baker, Susan Gage, Anna Scheck and Sara-Ann Johnston Stevens.
In the race for the three-year seat on the Select Board, there are two candidates, challenger Richard Baker and incumbent Maria Ammatuna. For the single, one-year seat, Baker is running along with incumbents Ethan Swift and Blaine Cliver.
There are three candidates running for the one-year position of first constable: Justin Cram, Richard Howland and Larry Stevens.
In Castleton, there will be races for a three-year term and two one-year terms on the Select Board. Wenger Rehlen and Richard “Dick” Combs will face off for the three-year seat. Joseph F. Bruno, Robert “Bob” Spaulding and Tom Kearns will vie for two one-year seats with the top two finishers earning the seats.
In Chittenden, incumbent Roberta Ballou will face challenger Gail Weikel for a three-year lister position.
Clarendon has one of the region’s busiest ballots, with four contested races.
The retirement of Town Clerk Joyce Pedone, who is leaving the office after 30 years, has set up a contest between Pedone’s assistant town clerk, Gloria Menard and newcomer Nichole Peterson for the three-year post.
Treasurer Rebecca Mandolare faces a challenge from Heidi Congdon for a three year seat.
Voters will also need to choose between two candidates for one of the town’s three listers. Incumbent lister Sandra Weindel faces a challenge from George Ambrose for the three-year position.
A contest has also taken shape for the town’s delinquent-tax collector with incumbent Tammy Hogenauer facing a challenge from newcomer Alyssa Williams for the one-year post.
In addition, there are two empty seats on the Clarendon Elementary School Board which have no candidates.
In Danby, three Select Board seats and the post of town clerk are being contested.
Selectwoman Hope Blucher faces a challenge from Steven Haines — a former member of the board — for a one-year seat.
Selectman William Gormley also faces a contest for a two-year seat on the board from Bradley Bender.
A three-year seat on the board held by Selectwoman Margo Stone is being vied for by challenger Byron Batteas.
Also in Danby, Town Clerk and Treasurer Janice Arnold faces a challenge from Brenda White for the three-year post.
In Fair Haven, Kenneth Jones will challenge incumbents Robert Richards and David Ward for the two one-year seats on the Select Board. The board’s three-year seat will feature a race between incumbent Claire Stanley and challenger Roderic Holzworth II.
Ira and Killington have no contested races.
“Everybody who ran last year, or the year before, or the year before that is running again this year,” said Ira Town Clerk Karen Davis.
In Mendon, Charlene Godair, Norman Pratt and Geoff Wells are all vying for the one year remaining on the three-year seat on the Select Board that was vacated by Ira Pike. In January, Wells was appointed by the Select Board to fill the seat until the election in March.
In Middletown Springs, voters have only one contest to consider — a race between Selectman James Webber and newcomer Herbert Childress II for a 3-year seat on the board.
Mount Holly and Mount Tabor have no contested races this year.
Pawlet voters have one contest. Incumbent Treasurer Judith Coolidge is facing a challenge from James Glick for the three-year position.
Pittsfield elects officers from the floor.
In Pittsford, Cathy Rider is challenging incumbent Thomas Pelkey for a three-year seat on the Select Board.
There are three candidates running for town clerk and treasurer: Linda Fox, Helen McKinlay (incumbent) and Molly DeLong Morgan.
For school director, Tony Albach, Melissa Disorda and Susan Markowski are running for the final year of an unexpired three-year term.
For library trustee, Robert Harnish, Shirlee Nickless and Cathy Rider are running for the two seats up for election.
Poultney has no contested races.
In Proctor, there is one contested race on the Select Board while two vacant seats on the School Board failed to muster candidates. Selectman Bruce Baccei faces a challenge from Ted Schaft for a two-year seat on the board.
Rutland Town has a pair of contested races. First, incumbent Stanley Rhodes III will face challenger Mary Ashcroft for a three-year position on the Select Board. Also, incumbent Leigh Adams will face challenger Norman Cohen for the one-year post of town moderator.
Shrewsbury has no contested races.
Sudbury elects officers from the floor.
Tinmouth features a Select Board race, with Michael Fallar challenging incumbent Laurie Phillips for a three-year term.
Wallingford has a race for town clerk and treasurer, with Bill Brooks challenging Julie Sharon.
In Wells, Richard Strange and William Rozensky will face off for the one-year seat on the Select Board and Tim Makepeace is the only candidate for the three-year seat. John Sanders and Susan Ciccarelli will compete for the three-year seat on the Wells School Board.
In West Haven, incumbent Leland Ellis will be challenged by Christopher Sheldrick for his three-year seat on the Select Board. Town Treasurer Ann Book is not running for re-election and nobody filed for the position by the deadline.
In West Rutland, Michael Mosher is challenging Lisa Garcia, the incumbent, for the three-year seat on the West Rutland School Board in the only contested race.
No information was available from Hubbardton.
Just north of Rutland County, Middlebury has six candidates vying for a pair of three-year seats on the Select Board and two candidates running for a one-year seat.
Seeking the three-year seats are incumbent Craig Bingham and challengers Laura Asermily, Brian Carpenter, Ted Davis, John Freidin and Eric Murray. Meanwhile, Heather Seeley will challenge incumbent Dean George for the one-year seat.
The ID 4 (Mary Hogan) School Board has four candidates seeking a trio of three-year seats: Jim Callahan, Amy Graham, Jennifer McCarty and Lorraine Gonzalez Morse.