Few file for elected offices

By Greg Elias
Observer staff

With the filing deadline just days away, few candidates have filed for the many elected offices on the ballot in Williston this March.

Candidates have until Monday, Jan. 24 at 5 p.m. to submit a petition containing 30 signatures and a consent form to have their names placed on the ballot. Forms are available at Williston Town Hall or online at http://town.williston.vt.us/clerk/clerk.htm.

As of Tuesday at noon, only three incumbents — Town Clerk Deb Beckett, lister Linda Ladd and constable Kermit LaClair — had filed the required paperwork.

Candidates usually wait until the last minute to file their petitions, said Kathy Smardon, assistant town clerk. She said that has been the case since she started working for the town 16 years ago.

There are 20 elected positions on the ballot this year, including three Selectboard seats, two Williston School Board seats and the town clerk position. Other elected offices include seats on the Champlain Valley Union High School Board, the Champlain Water District Board, the Williston Cemetery Commission and the Dorothy Alling Library Trustees.

Williston’s annual town and school meeting will be held Monday, Feb. 28. Australian balloting takes place the following day.

Here are the positions on the ballot:

Town clerk, three-year term

Town treasurer, three-year term

Champlain Water District, three-year term

Selectboard, three-year term

Selectboard, two-year term

Selectboard, one-year term

Williston School Board, three-year term

Williston School Board, two-year term

CVU School Board, three-year term

Lister, three-year term

Cemetery Commission, five-year term

Cemetery Commission, three-year term

Constable, one-year term

Trustee of public funds, three-year term

Trustee of public funds, two-year term

Trustee of public funds, one-year term

Old Brick Church trustee, five-year term

Library trustee, five-year term

Town agent, one-year term

Town grand juror, one-year term