Bennington County candidates
By Patrick McARDLE
STAFF WRITER | January 28,2014
Bennington voters will have choices to make when it comes to the Select Board and a new member of the Mount Anthony Union School Board to replace longtime member Sean-Marie Oller.
With Chairman Joseph Krawczyk Jr. stepping down, there will be one incumbent and five challengers seeking the two open three-year seats. Incumbent Justin Corcoran will be running along with newcomers Michael Bethel, Peter J. Brady Sr., Frank Dawson, Rachael Fields and Michael A. Keane.
For the School Board, incumbents Kenneth A. Swierad and Marie DeCoff will be running for one of three three-year terms, along with a former School Board member, Gene Rowley. Jackie Kelly, another newcomer, is running unopposed for a two-year term.
Running for the Mount Anthony School Board, to represent Bennington, are incumbent David Frederickson and former member Robert F. Sherman Jr. Oller did not seek re-election.
Also for Mount Anthony, Francis E. Kinney is running for re-election to represent Shaftsbury and Nathan J. Wallace-Senft is running for re-election to represent North Bennington, but there is no one on the ballot running to represent Woodford.
All the Mount Anthony terms are for three-years.
There are no contested races for Southwest Vermont Regional Technical School Board.
Manchester has a choice of candidates for the Select Board. Longtime chairman Ivan Beattie is running unopposed for a three-year term but incumbent Lisa Souls is being challenged for a two-year term by Mary Beth O’Donnell.
O’Donnell is also running unopposed for at two-year term on the School Board. Stephen Murphy is running unopposed for a three-year term on the School Board. Neither incumbent candidate for School Board is running.
For the town of Arlington, there are no challenged seats but the School Board will see a three-way race for a two-year seat.
There are three openings on the School Board. For a three-year seat, K. John Smith, a former School Board chairman, is running unopposed and for the remaining two-years of a three-year term, Nicol Whalen is running unopposed.
There are three candidates for a two-year seat, Denise Elwell, Kevin Smith and Glen Gross. None of the five candidates for School Board are current members.
For Arlington’s Select Board, chairman Keith Squires, seeking a three-year seat, and vice-chairwoman, Cynthia Browning, seeking a two-year term, are both seeking re-election unopposed.
Dorset will have a race for Select Board with five candidates for two one-year seats.
Those candidates are incumbent Steve Jones and challengers Ryan Downey, Laura Heinel, Danny Pinsonault and Jack Stannard. Incumbent Michael Oltedal is running unopposed for a three-year seat.
Other incumbents seeking re-election unopposed include Sandra Pinsonault for a three-year term as town clerk, Melissa Zecher for a three-year term as town treasurer, Vickie Haskins for a two-year term on the School Board and James Salsgiver for a three-year term on the School Board.
Pownal has several races and several newcomers running for office unopposed this year.
With incumbent Steve Kauppi not running, Nelson Brownell and Michael George will face off for a three-year term on the Select Board while there are four candidates, including incumbents Rich Ryder and Harry “Hap” Percey, running for the two one-year terms on the Select Board. Throwing their hats in the ring are Elizabeth “Betty” Baker and Henry Strohmaier.
For School Board, Angie Rawling, an incumbent, and newcomer Tammy Sohl are running for the two one-year terms. Incumbent Nicole Prouty-Carbonaro is not running. James O’Connor, an incumbent, is running unopposed for three-year term on the School Board.
Jon Peaslee, a newcomer, is running unopposed for a three-year term as a lister and Debra Dickinson, also a newcomer, is also running unopposed for a three-year term as an auditor.
For a three-year term as delinquent tax collector, incumbent Ellen Strohmaier is being challenged by Suzanne Caraman.
Readsboro is currently facing a vacancy on the Select Board. Incumbent Teddy Hopkins is running for other offices and not seeking re-election to the three-year seat and there were no petitions turned in for the office.
Incumbent Joan O’Donnell is running against Hopkins for a five-year term. Hopkins is also running unopposed for one-year terms as grand juror and town agent.
Fro a three-year term on the School Board, newcomer Cherie Giddings is running against incumbent Larry Hopkins.
Running unopposed, newcomers Eunice Crowell is seeking a three-year term as lister and Neal Houston is seeking a fire-year term on the cemetery commission.
The chairwoman of the Select Board in Shaftsbury is not seeking re-election and none of the candidates for Select Board are incumbents.
Tony Krulikowski is running unopposed for a three-year term and Jared Della Rocca and Art Whitman are running against each other for a two-year seat.
There are no other contested races for the town of Shaftsbury but on the school side, David Durfee, an incumbent, is running unopposed for a three-year term on the School Board. However, a two-year term on the School Board will have no candidates on the ballot.
In Sunderland, voters will primarily see incumbents seek re-election but there is a race for second constable between incumbent Renee Tobin and challenger John Stuermer for a one-year seat.
Incumbents Steven Bendix, looking for a three-year seat, and James Ennis and David Kiernan, both running for one-year seats, are running for Select Board.
The School Board will see one new member with Dineen Squillante running unopposed for a one-year term. Two incumbent school board members are also running unopposed, Melanie Virgilio, for a three-year seat, and Leslie Perra, for a two-year seat.
Winhall will not see any challenged races but has a few first time candidates seeking election unopposed.
Alexander William Bilka is running for a one-year term as grand juror and E. Stuart Coleman is running for a one-year term as school moderator. Coleman, while a first-time candidate, was nominated from the floor and served as moderator for a special school meeting in 2013.
Select Board member William B. Schwartz is running for re-election for a three-year term and School Board member Christie Mackenzie is also running for re-election for a three-year seat