Our opinion: Candidates come forward. Will you?
We've got contested races!
Two candidates have come forward to stand for the Manchester Select Board seat being vacated by Steve Nichols: Todd Nebraska, a current member of the Planning Commission, and Dick Stillson, a longtime resident, volunteer and business entrepreneur.
Manchester isn't alone in featuring contested races. In Dorset, Jim Salsgiver is running against Select Board incumbent Jack Stannard. And in Danby, Select Board incumbent Paul Pearce is being challenged by Charlie Dotson.
Contested elections are not a common occurrence in this neck of the woods. But change can be good, and any time there are multiple candidates stepping forward to serve, and putting their reputations and accomplishments to the voters for a decision, that's a positive for the community.
Meanwhile, there's still a need for a write-in candidate for an at-large seat on the Taconic & Green Regional School Board. Under the district's bylaws, the candidate needs to be from one of the following four towns: Danby, Dorset, Londonderry or Manchester.
Here's hoping these races spark some more interest — and perhaps, increased participation — at the town and school district meetings, and at the Australian ballot election on Tuesday, March 5.
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