Elizabethtown candidates James Phillips (council), Ben Morris (council), Michael Doyle (council), Brent Vosburg (county clerk), Noel Merrihew, III (supervisor), Evelyn Hatch (council) and Margaret Bartley (supervisor) took part in the Elizabethtown Democratic Committee's Meet the Candidates Night at the Hand House Sept. 15.
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Candidates for the positions of Essex County Clerk, Elizabethtown Town Supervisor and Elizabethtown Council all made a case for their election Sept. 15.
The seven candidates were part of the Elizabethtown Democratic Committee’s “Meet the Candidates Night,” hosted at the Hand House and moderated by Denton Publications Publisher Dan Alexander.
Brent Vosburg, running for the position of county clerk, was the lone candidate for the job, as incumbent clerk Joe Provoncha was unable to attend.
“I am very familiar with the procedures there,” Vosburg said. “I will be a county clerk only, and I have no interest with all of these other titles that the current clerk now holds. I will do the best job possible and treat everyone with the utmost respect.”
Incumbent Elizabethtown Supervisor Noel Merrihew, III, is running against Margaret Bartley.
“In any small town, services is a balance of cost and availability,” Merrihew said. “Anyone that has knowledge of these things and can answer the communities questions is a valuable tool. The town is doing very well, and doing so on very conservative budgets. The local level is the most important, most rewarding level and I will continue to be open and responsive.”
“I ran because I have ideas for the future of Elizabethtown and I have ideas from the community for the future of Elizabethtown,” Bartley said. “I want to have the town hall open five days a week. As the county seat, I feel we should be open and available Monday through Friday.”
Bartley added that she wanted to create a town benefit fund to pay for special projects.
In the Elizabethtown council race, Evelyn Hatch, James Phillips, Michael Doyle and Ben Morris are looking to fill two seats that are being vacated by retiring councilman Phil Hutchins and Michael McGinn, who is leaving to focus more on his role as head of CSEA in Essex County, among other interests.
“I really, really love this town and its people - it has been very good to me,” Hatch said. “I will be willing to learn and listen. I want to work with the comprehensive plan, because this is a project that we should all be involved in one way or another.”
“I think that there are things in this town that need changes,” Phillips said. “There’s things that I can do to help this town and I will do the best that I can do. The fire department and the DPW are very important departments with a lot of responsibility, and we need to help them.”
“I have the time and ability to work with and help the town,” Doyle said. “I want to help see that several upcoming projects reach a successful conclusion. My main interest is for the benefit of the town.”
“I see a lot of valuable assets that we can continue to utilize and improve for the community,” Morris said. “We can also take a look at what has gone wrong recently with the storms and make sure that it is brought back better than it was before.”
The general election is Tuesday, Nov. 8.