Incumbents sweep aldermen race
By Gordon Dritschilo
Staff Writer | March 05,2014
Albert J. marro / Staff Photo
Rutland City candidate for alderman Kam Johnston braves the elemenst of cold and wind as he campaigned outside the Godnick Adult Center in Rutland Tuiesday afternoon. 03/04./14
All the sitting members up for re-election will return to the Board of Aldermen, including one who, by his own admission, wasn’t taking his campaign very seriously.
Board President David Allaire was once again the top vote-getter with 1,710. Alderman William Notte was second with 1,531, followed by Alderwoman Sharon Davis with 1,530 and Alderman Chris Siliski with 1,522.
Alderman Gary Donahue passed the post but trailed Siliski with 1,041 — still well ahead of challenger John Mattison, who led the group that fell short with 649.
The other two challengers, mother and son Marge Johnston and Kam Johnston, got 528 and 601, respectively.
Running unopposed for the remaining year of an unexpired term, Alderwoman Melinda Humphrey took 1,845 votes.
Donahue quipped in a radio interview before the election that he did not care if he was re-elected. In a questionnaire distributed to candidates by the Rutland Herald, he responded to a question about public safety by claiming he wanted to make littering a felony because he slipped on a banana peel.
Donahue later clarified the first statement by saying what he meant was that he would not compromise his integrity by saying anything to get elected. As for the second, he said he made a joke because it was the sort of answer to which candidates frequently give stock answers.
“That was a mistake,” he said. “I know it was. I can’t help myself from poking the bear. I’m irreverent and cynical, always have been and always will be. I proved you can say what you please and people — at least some people — like you. Of course, I have to factor in that if I’d had serious competition, I might have lost.”
Siliski had said during an candidate forum prior to the election that this would be his last term as an alderman. He acknowledged Tuesday that this was because he intends to run for mayor, either next year or in 2017.
“I’m honored by the voters supporting me and when I do eventually run for mayor, I’ll put my best foot forward,” he said.
Notte noted that he had not finished better than third before, and he said he was honored to be only one spot behind Allaire.