May 24, 2018

No contested races yet for town boards

Deadline to file is Jan. 27

By Stephanie Choate

Observer staff

With the filing deadline just a few days away, there are no contested races for several town positions with terms expiring in March. Most incumbents are planning to run for reelection, but voters will see a couple of new names on the ballot.

Selectboard members Debbie Ingram and Chris Roy plan to run again, Ingram for a three-year term and Roy for a two-year term.

Roy has been on the board since 2008.

Ingram, who has been on the board since 2010, is among those who have said they would consider filling Sen. Sally Fox’s seat in the Vermont Senate. Fox, a long-time Vermont senator, died last week. Ingram came in seventh in 2012 for the six-seat Chittenden County Senate race. Ingram told the Observer her consideration for the Senate seat would not impact her decision to run for Selectboard.

Williston School Board members Giovanna Boggero and Josh Diamond have also filed paperwork to run for reelection to the Williston School Board. Boggero, who has been on the board since 2011, is running for a two-year term. Diamond, who has also been on the board since 2011, is running for a three-year term.

Champlain Valley Union High School Board Chairman David Rath said he plans to run for another three-year term.

Two new residents, Karla Karstens and Kristin Caterer, have thrown their hats into the ring for library trustee positions, both for five-year terms.

Incumbents Susan Williford and Marcy Kass have decided to step down.

Kass, who is completing one five-year term, said while she initially thought it would be interesting to have a contested race for a seat on the library’s board of trustees—a rarity—she decided to step down and give someone else a turn.

“It’s a really great thing to do and I’m so glad and proud to have been a library trustee,” she said. “That library is terrific and Marti (Fiske, the library’s director) is terrific. It’s a great group and it was a really good experience.”

Williford has been on the board for 13 years.

“While I loved my time on the board and I love the library… I think it was just time for me to take a break and let some fresh blood come in,” she said.

Williford added that Williston is fortunate to have such a well-run and supported library.

“Most other libraries in the state look with envy at the Williston library,” she said.

Deb Beckett has also submitted the paperwork to run for three more years as Williston’s town clerk and town treasurer, a post she has held for 15 years.

Incumbent Joe Duncan filed for another three-year term on the Champlain Water District Board.

Anyone interested in running for town positions must fill out a petition with at least 30 resident signatures and consent forms and turn them in to the town clerk’s office by 5 p.m. on Jan. 27. Forms are available in the town clerk’s office.

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