“I want to give back to a very special community, one which has made me feel so welcome since relocating here,” Jerry Storey, candidate for a two-year term on the Selectboard, said. The sentiment is a common theme among other candidates for the 9 positions to be decided in the Mar. 1 election.
Seeking to fill the other Selectboard seat, a three-year term, is Josh Dein. He currently serves on the Natural Resources and Conservation Committee. He and wife Marla Handy retired to Vermont a few years ago. He has previous experience with government in a small Wisconsin town and enjoyed the personal interaction and problem solving involved.
“There will always be new challenges for the town, and I think my interests and ability to examine and analyze complex topics will be an asset in crafting solutions that will best serve the whole community,” Dein said.
Tom Little has served for more than a decade as town moderator and school moderator. His interest was first sparked when previous moderator Stan Wilbur asked him to substitute for a short period during a town meeting when there was a conflict of interest with a particular business item. A few years later, the position became available. Little ran and won.
“In my law practice I have represented many nonprofits and also for-profit organizations, and have written and revised many, many bylaws and rules of order. This has given me some insight into how to explain parliamentary procedure to meetings,” Little said, adding that he enjoys participating in meetings and assemblies where the rules of engagement are clear and fair. “Let’s keep our town and school meeting tradition strong! Everyone should try to attend, and please come early for the great supper starting at 5:30 in the Community School cafeteria.”
With Tom Bessette’s passing, the position of Champlain Water District (CWD) Commissioner was left open. Water Commission Chair Pete Gadue has been serving in the interim and is seeking to fill the position for the remaining two years of the three-year term. He is well-known for his service on many commissions, boards and committees in the town. Service, he says, that is inspired by his passion to assist people and taxpayers of this Shelburne.
“My first position in town was 30-plus years ago when a good friend of mine called and asked me to become a member of the Water Commission. That was 35 years ago, and the caller was Tom Bessette,” Gadue said. He added that he feels being on the CWD board would allow him to be a direct conduit to the Water Commission.
Bob Lake is seeking re-election as constable. Lake is a part-time officer with Shelburne Police Department. He also serves as the town’s emergency manager director, emergency manager coordinator and health officer.
Mark Lewis did not meet the deadline to make it on the ballot but is running as a write-in candidate for the constable position. He moved to Shelburne in 2005. At the encouragement of a resident, Lewis ran and won a position as a Justice of the Peace. “I did my term, but my favorite thing to do was marrying people. After the term, I decided to not run again but decided to become an online ordained minister,” he said.
Dave Connery is seeking reelection as school director for a three-year term. He has spent four years on the school board, and the past two have been as the chair. Connery found his way to the position from his involvement with the PTO and a desire to become more involved.
Robert Finn is seeking a two-year position as school director. He has served on the Shelburne school board for six years. “Being a board director fulfills a lifelong interest in education and learning combined with public service,” he said.
Rep. Joan Lenes is seeking to retain her position as CVU school director. She said that the accomplishments of the Chittenden South Supervisory Union over the years have been many and that she is proud to have played a role.