April 25, 2014

Local elections: meet the candidates

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Town Meeting Day is March 5. Voting by Australian ballot will take place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Armory. Absentee and early voting ballots are also available at the Williston Town Hall.

Several town positions will be on the ballot in March, all of them uncontested. Candidates responded to a questionnaire provided by the Williston Observer.

 

Jeff Fehrs

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Jeff Fehrs

Running for: Selectboard (two-year term)

Years on the board: 15

What do you hope to accomplish in your time on the board? 

To help keep Williston a great community to live and work in, and maybe even improve it. This includes:

Providing a high level of municipal services at a reasonable tax rate

An inclusive community that welcomes and accommodates folks from across the socio-economic scales

A balanced transportation system and infrastructure that accommodates all users and promotes and encourages less dependency on single-occupancy vehicles

Since I’ve been on the Selectboard, Williston has made a lot of progress and is moving in the right direction. I hope to keep the momentum going.

 

Jay Michaud

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Jay Michaud

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Running for: Selectboard (three-year term)

Years on the board: 2

What do you hope to accomplish in your time on the board? 

I would like to finish the current projects we have on our plates. Several scoping studies are underway and it is important that we as the Selectboard choose a course of action. The transportation studies include the Lamplite Acres study (water/snow/ice/drainage issues), Industrial Avenue study (sidewalk/bike/pedestrian accommodations/bus access issues), grid street projects (one section is under construction, more are planned, but need to identify funding) and staying on top of the WENTS study (Circ alternative). Other projects I want to be part of include planning for the new water storage tank, restoration of the Brennan Barn, hopefully the construction of the new public works garage (if voters approve), the results from the Affordable Housing Task Force as it pertains to Williston and participating in the upcoming storm water management discussions.

 

Jeanne Jensen

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Jeanne Jensen

Running for: Champlain Valley Union High School Board (three-year term)

Years on the board: 10

What do you hope to accomplish in your time on the board? 

During my tenure, CVU has increased its investment in technology and the arts to the great benefit of students; we now must focus on science and math. I support the high school initiative “CVU 2015,” which is transforming the way we deliver education to a more individualized approach with high student engagement. My goal for this term is to continue to press for improvements in student outcomes, particularly among our children of poverty. While CVU has made slow progress over the last few years, there is still more work to do in order to ensure that every student graduates able to make positive contributions to society. In this time of declining enrollment, resources must be reallocated, not added in order to achieve our goals while respecting taxpayers.

 

Polly Malik

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Running for: Champlain Valley Union High School Board (three-year term)

Years on the board: 3

What do you hope to accomplish in your time on the board? 

I think that as a taxpayer and parent of a CVU student, it is important to offer quality education at an affordable price. The process of developing a fiscally sound budget with other board members and the school administration is always a challenge. There is this fine line to keep the taxpayer in mind while keeping the best interest of all students. In addition, I serve on the Facilities Committee, which is a sub-group of the board. I view the physical structure of CVU as an asset of the community and how important it is to maintain this asset for future incoming students.

 

Kevin Brochu

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Kevin Brochu

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Running for: Williston School Board (three-year term)

Years on the board: 0

What do you hope to accomplish in your time on the board? 

I would be honored to serve on the Williston School Board. I am keenly aware of the impact education has on a person’s life journey.

Having two children in the Williston school system gave me the impetus to run. I have two very different but complementary goals:

As a parent, I would focus on helping our schools achieve academic excellence to prepare students for a successful future in high school, college and beyond.

As a health care provider, I would focus on our children’s health and get the “cupcake” out of school.

But most importantly, I am interested in listening to other parents’ ideas on how they would like to see our school system evolve and improve, and I am committed to ensuring that those ideas are heard, considered and, if appropriate, implemented.

 

Kevin Mara

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Kevin Mara

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Running for: Williston School Board (two-year term)

Years on the board: 3

What do you hope to accomplish in your time on the board? 

As a school board member, I want to continue to contribute to Williston’s reputation as the “best place to raise kids in Vermont.” Realizing that we are operating in tough economic times, I will continue the challenging work towards reducing costs where possible while maintaining the high educational standards we have come to expect from our school system.

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