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Meet the candidates for Alton offices Thursday

by Tim Croes
Staff Writer - The Baysider
February 22, 2012
ALTON — The voters in Alton will have a chance to hear the candidates for town and school offices express their views and respond to questions from the public thanks to the Alton Centennial Rotary Club.

The club will be hosting a candidates' night Thursday, Feb. 23, at the Alton Central School music room beginning at 7 p.m.

There is no snow date due to the limited availability of television time slots prior to the town ballot day, which is on March 13.

Candidates for town and school positions who are running unopposed will be invited to make a one-minute statement.

In the contested races, candidates will come front and center to make a two-minute presentation on why they believe they deserve to be elected.

The floor will then be opened to questions from those in attendance and candidates will have one minute to respond.

Anyone interested in run for an open position as a write-in candidate are encouraged to attend so they can make their intentions known to the public.

Town and school moderator Mark Northridge will preside over the event, as he has for the past 15 years.

Under the sponsorship of the Alton Bay Rotary Club, Alton Bay residents MaryBee and Bob Longabaugh will continue to be the videographers for the event, as they have since 1997.

The night will be recorded on video for multiple playbacks on LRPA-TV on Channel 26 before the polls open on March 13. Additionally, DVDs will be also be available for checkout at the Gilman Library in Alton, courtesy of the Longabaughs.

The contested offices in this year's election are for board of selectmen; where Steve McMahon is running as the incumbent and Marc DeCoff running against him for the three-year position, library trustee; with Ruth Messier and Shirley Lane running for the two-year position and Jeff St. Cyr and Pamela Martin running for the three-year position and cemetery trustee; where Sean Mann and L. Stewart Keefe are running against each other for the three-year position.

Additionally, Terri Noyes and Steve Miller are running for the two open school board positions, but Keith Dube plans on attending the candidates' night and will inform the public his intentions to run as a write-in candidate. Any other candidate wanting to run as a write-in is invited to attend as well.

Candidates' night will be a great opportunity for Alton voters to become more informed on how to cast their ballots. Voters attending the forum can see and hear for themselves what the candidates believe in and what they can offer the community.

Tim Croes can be reached at tcroes@salmonpress.com or 569-3126

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