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Cusson drops his bid for Ward 3 seat

October 14, 2009
BERLIN — Paul Cusson announced he will not be seeking the Ward Three seat in the November third election. His name will appear on the ballot, but he is asking his supporters to vote for Micheal Rozek.

The decision came "following a brief but candid discussion with former city councilman Paul Grenier, former state legislator Mike Rozek and former mayor Bob Danderson," Mr. Cusson said in the letter announcing his withdrawal over the weekend.

The race for Ward Three is now between incumbent Ron Goudreau and Mr. Rozek.

Mr. Cusson went into more detail as to the reasoning behind the decision in an email.

"Certainly splitting the vote was discussed," he said, "whereas both of Mike and I had similar points of view."

There were also early concerns about whether Mr. Cusson was eligible to run for council, since he works for the school district. State law restricts town employees from holding elected office. That hurdle was cleared after city attorney said he thought the S.A.U. was different enough not to preclude Mr. Cusson's eligibility.

The other main issue, however, was with the time commitment.

"As a member of the Board of Directors at the Guardian Angel Credit Union," he said in the email, "I know that I would be missing at least some of the Monday night Council meetings because of conflicting Credit Union meetings."

The combination of factors led him to decide not to run for the seat, he said.

Martin Lord and Osman
Salmon Press
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