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Brattleboro Selectboard race draws three candidates

Starr to run unopposed for three-year seat

BRATTLEBORO—This year’s Selectboard race can be framed as a tale of two incumbents — and the differing paths they chose toward re-election.

Last year, Brandi Starr and Tim Wessel were elected to one-year seats on the Selectboard. Both Starr and Wessel are running again this year.

Starr chose to run for the three-year seat on the board being vacated by John Allen, who chose not to seek re-election. After the Jan. 29 deadline for turning in nomination petitions had passed, Starr found herself running unopposed.

Wessel took out nomination papers for both the one- and the three-year seat, but ultimately chose to run for one of the two one-year seats. Now, Wessel finds himself in a three-way race against political newcomers Shanta Lee Gander and William Forchion.

According to Town Clerk Hilary Francis, one other potential Selectboard candidate, Daniel Quipp, took out papers, but decided instead to run for a Representative Town Meeting seat.

Francis said the only other contested race on the March 6 election ballot for town officers is for a three-year seat on the Brattleboro Union High School Board. Incumbents Ricky Davidson, current chair of the board, and Katey Everest are being challenged by Christopher Lievense.

Francis said she was dismayed by the number of seats that are open for Representative Town Meeting on March 24. There are 13 seats open in District 1, four in District 2, and nine in District 3. These seats will have to be filled at the District caucuses that are traditionally held before the information session on the Town Meeting warrant.

No one took out papers for the one-year seat for Second Constable, so that position will be contested by write-in candidates.

Voting for town officers takes place on Tuesday, March 6, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., in the Selectboard Meeting Room in the Municipal Center.

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Tamara Stenn (Brattleboro, Vermont, US) says...

Thanks for writing this Elayne. I was thinking the same thing myself. The silence we received from the hospital is quite deafening. Unfortunately we\'ve had to continue working with the hospital as other (minor) heath issues come up.

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Judith Skillman (Newcastle, US) says...

Excellent and informative writing about the media and about the state of our nation. We must support the press speak truth to power, now more than ever before.

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Ruby Bode (Westminster, Vermont, US) says...

We are also obliged to criticize the press when they merely echo the lies of the powerful. In this case, much of the press has taken a side, not just against the policies of the President, but against the election itself on behalf of the parties of war and Wall St. Just as the US has in the past agitated in other countries for coups against democratic outcomes they don’t like, much of the press, including this editorial, is now agitating for a coup here at home.

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Peter Ford (Dallas) says...

Nailed it - Thank you.

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TB Smith (Ba, Oklahoma, US) says...

The divisiveness brought on by this shamefully poor excuse for a president has been once again, borne out by this article, and the responses to it .. his most devoted followers are the most gullible and easily swayed sheeple since the \"Kool-Aid party in Jonestown\" ... those who stand up the most fervently to this dictator \"wanabe\", will , inthe end, see him and the fellow purveyors of his garbage rhetoric like FOX News, Alex Jones, Breitbart, etc., crumble and be dumped like stale crackers (pardon the pun) .. we must impeach this tyrant before too much damage is done, either from within or outside our borders.

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Ruby Bode (Westminster, Vermont, US) says...

So it’s OK that access to outlets that simply recognize Trump as President is indeed being shut down? But isn’t that exactly what this editorial is against? Should outlets that cheered on Obama’s wars and love of Wall St have likewise been shut down? Only John Birch Society–inspired screeds against Trump indicate the “legitimate” press?

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TB Smith’s comment in apparent support of the us-vs-them tone of this editorial illustrates why so many people distrust so much of the press (although, again, it appears to be only pro-Trump and anti-imperialist outlets that are actually being shut down): They are promulgating hysterical claims about fascism, Russians, and “crackers” not in the interest of the people, but wholly on behalf of the neoliberal/neoconservative program of Reagan, Clinton, Bush, and Obama to deny Trump the Presidency and even remove him from office – not democratically, but by coup if necessary. That makes the press rather anti-democratic and, indeed, against the people.

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Amelia Stone (E Dummerston, Vermont, US) says...

Kudos to the Boston Globe for encouraging newspapers across the country to remind us all of the value of a free press, and to the Commons for hearing that call. The NYTimes article, A Free Press Needs You, concludes with the following: \"If you haven’t already, please subscribe to your local papers. Praise them when you think they’ve done a good job and criticize them when you think they could do better. We’re all in this together.\" Today I plan to subscribe.

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Originally published in The Commons issue #444 (Wednesday, January 31, 2018). This story appeared on page A1.

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