Tuesday May 8, 2012

MOUNT WASHINGTON -- An elected town official and a town employee are vying for a seat on the Select Board.

Gail E. Garrett of 138 East Street and Sean T. Van Deusen of 46 East Street are running for a three-year term on the board. The election will be held today, with polls opening at noon at Town Hall.

Garrett serves as the town clerk and is running unopposed for that position again. Van Deusen, 31, works for the town Highway Department.

Van Deusen, who also serves on the Conservation Comm ission, moved here from Al ford last year.

Van Deusen said he had been wanting to move to town for some time, but finally made the move to better fulfill his job duties.

He said he decided to run because the town "needed a new voice."

Garrett, a local attorney, wasn't immediately available for comment for this report.

If elected, Van Deusen said he would focus on the town's infrastructure needs, and specifically cited the need to continue seeking grant funding for repairs to Falls Road.

Van Deusen attended the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, Berkshire Comm unity College and Bard College in New York.

Current board member Robert J. Bott's term is expiring. He is not seeking re-election. There are no other contested races in today's election and all other candidates are incumbents.

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If you go ...

What: Mount Washington annual election

Who: In the lone contested race, Sean T. Van Deusen of 46 East Street and Gail E. Garrett of 138 East St. are vying for a three-year term on the Select Board.

When: Today, noon to 8 p.m.

Where: Mount Washington Town Hall, 118 East St.