MANCHESTER - With Town Meetings drawing closer, decision time is near for incumbent town officeholders to choose whether to run for re-election or not. Several seats on area town boards are, as usual, up for grabs.

Manchester has two Select Board positions up for elections, a three-year term currently held by Steven Nichols and a two-year term currently held by Carol Lattuga.

Lattuga, who was first elected in 2001, is planning on running again this year. Nichols, who was first elected in 2006 and ending his third term, said he has not yet made a decision. As of Wednesday, Jan. 16, there have been no petitions filed by other potential challengers. The deadline for filing such petitions is 5 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 28.

"I am not going to make a decision until the 28th," said Nichols. "That is really where I am at. I have taken a petition but that is far as I got. The 28th is when the petitions need to get it into the town clerk and I generally wait until then."

Nichols said that he brings to the board a concern for the taxpayers that needs to be taken seriously in order for the Select Board to be effective. "I ask a lot of questions, I don't just jump into something," he said. "I think that is what needs to happen. You need to protect the taxpayers, that is the main goal. I don't run under any party. There are a lot of things that have happened, the roundabout, the park house, I was the chair of the 250 year anniversary celebration.


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I supported Habitat for Humanity and the Marketing Initiative. We just need to maintain a tolerable tax rate. At time I have been at odds where we have spent too much money. I think the Rec building of a good thing, but I still have concerns about it being opened during the winter and not breaking even."

The Manchester School District's board has two positions up for election this year which include a two-year term currently held by Brian Vogel and a three-year term currently held by Chairwoman Debra Wraga.

Wraga replied with a "no comment" when asked if she was planning on running again this year. Brian Vogel, who is currently at the end of his first two-year term, said that he will be running for the school board again this year and is considering running for the three-year term.

"I am considering running for the three-year term because my kids will be at MEMS (Manchester Elementary Middle School) for a while, so I have a vested interest there," he said.

When asked what he believes has been his biggest contribution to the board Vogel said, "I have been trying to bring more public attention to board issues. I have been on the minority on a lot of votes and it is sometimes hard to get things accomplished that I would like."

As of Wednesday, Jan. 16, no other candidates have emerged.

The Town of Dorset has three Select Board positions up for election, two of which are one-year positions currently held by Steve Jones and Marge Freed. The other is a three-year term currently held by Mark Connors.

According to Dorset Town Clerk Sandy Pinsonault, all three are planning to run for the positions they currently hold and there have been no applications from anyone wishing to oppose them.

The Dorset School District has two school board positions up for elections, a two-year term currently held by Bob Allen and a three-year term currently held by Jennifer Allen.

Both Bob Allen and Jennifer Allen, who are unrelated, will run for the same positions this year. As of Tuesday, Jan. 15, there is nobody to oppose them.

In Sunderland there are three Select Board positions up for grabs; two one-year terms currently held by James "Cubby" Ennis and Judy Edmunds, and a three-year term currently held by chairman Mark Hyde.

Also up for election, among other positions, is a three-year term for Town Clerk and a three-year term for treasurer. Rose Keough currently holds both positions and plans to run again this year.

Hyde, who recently became chairman of the Select Board after a Dec. 17 meeting voted to replace former chairman Joe Boutin, said that he is planning to run for the three-year Select Board position again this year. Ennis said on Wednesday, Jan. 16, that he will be throwing his hat in the ring again for re-election to the one-year post. Edmunds was unable to be reached as of press time. As of press time on Jan. 16, there were no declared opponents.

Anyone interested in any of the positions up for election during town meetings should contact their local town clerk.