Mayor-elect Dale Holderman celebrates with girlfriend Maria Dezotell, standing, and children Catherine and Roger after he was declared the winner of the Keeseville mayoral election March 20.
There will be a new face in the Keeseville Village office.
Dale Holderman defeated incumbent Mayor Meegan Rock in the March 20 vote, earning 157 votes against 149 cast for Rock.
“It was a tough race,” Holderman said after the votes were counted at the Keeseville village offices. “There were a lot of people out there that turned out and decided a change was needed, and now it is time to come together and make this a better community.”
Rock, who was out of town, did not return phone calls placed to her cell phone.
“Meegan has taken this village a long way in the past four years,” Holderman said. “It is now time to go in a different direction and I am looking forward to working with the trustees and the village.”
Holderman said that his administration would be “extremely transparent,” and that he felt his goals for long-term growth were key in the election, which was dominated with talk of the current dissolution study.
“I feel that my desire for a better community and for long-term planning for the village were keys in this campaign,” he said. “I think that dissolution was also part of this. This may be a prelude to a referendum vote. People feel, in their hearts, that to remain a village is very important.”
Holderman said that he is still undecided on the issue of dissolution, and that it will ultimately be the residents who make the call.
“I still do not have a stand because I do not have all the information,” Holderman said. “In the end, I won’t have the say anyways, because I will be just one of 700 or so voters who will make the decision.”
Also on the ballot were two trustee seats which were won, uncontested, by Mary King (208 votes) and John Casey (199 votes).