Town Meeting races take shape in Brattleboro and Rockingham
By Susan Smallheer
Staff Writer | January 29,2013
BRATTLEBORO — Lively Select Board races have emerged in both Brattleboro and Rockingham.
Brattleboro Town Clerk Annette Cappy said there is a six-way race for two, one-year seats on the Brattleboro Select Board, and one, two-way race for a three-year seat on the board. Monday was the statewide deadline for filing for town offices.
For the first time in a long time, there is a race for Brattleboro town moderator, with the retirement of longtime moderator Tim O’Connor, who is stepping down after 23 years, she said. Longtime residents Douglas Cox and Lawrin Crispe both filed for the moderator post, she said.
For the Select Board, Ben Spoon Agave and Kate O’Connor, both filed for the open three-year seat on the board. Select Board member Dora Bouboulis decided not to seek re-election, Cappy said. Agave was appointed to the Select Board in the past, and O’Connor, the daughter of the retiring moderator, ran unsuccessfully for the Vermont House in the Democratic primary in August.
Brattleboro residents also have six people to choose for the two one-year seats, she said, including former Select Board member John Allen, and newcomers David Cadran, Ian Kiehl, Phil Kramer, Donna Macomber and David Schoales.
They will replace longtime member Richard “Dick” DeGray, the current chairman of the Brattleboro Select Board, and Chris Chapman, she said.
In Rockingham, Town Clerk Doreen Aldrich said voters will decide races on the Select Board, lister and library trustee. There are no races for the School Board.
Aldrich said that former Select Board member Ann DiBernardo was running unopposed for the three-year seat on the board being vacated by Rep. Matthew Trieber, D-Rockingham. DiBernardo didn’t run for re-election last March, but quickly said she missed being on the board.
Also running for the two, one-year seats on the board are incumbents Stefan Golec and Thomas MacPhee, the current chairman of the board and challengers Lance Allen and Susan Hammond.
Allen was on the Bellows Falls board of village trustees until recently, and also served as village president. Hammond has been involved in town affairs recently with the rebuilding of the Bartonsville Covered Bridge.
Aldrich said Deb Wright, a village trustee, also took out nominating petitions for the Select Board but decided against a race.
Aldrich said that two people have filed for the two-year seat vacant on the board of listers. She said Michael Harty and David Sines have filed for the opening created by the resignation by lister David Gould.
Camilla Roberts, chairwoman of the listers, is running unopposed for a three-year seat, she said.
Aldrich said there was a four-way race for three seats open on the Rockingham Library Board of Trustees.
Seeking re-election are David Buckley and Duane Whitehead, and newcomers are Patricia Fowler and Paige Pietrzak. Trustee Deb Wetzel is not seeking re-election, she said.
Springfield Town Clerk Meredith Dexter Kelley said there were no races slated for 2013 Town Meeting Day, with Select Board member Stephanie Gibson running unopposed, along with School Board members Jeanice Garfield and Ken Vandenberg.