2 facing off for vacant Hinsdale Select Board seat
HINSDALE — Raymond Bolduc and James Sullivan will face off Saturday for a three-year seat on the Select Board.
The two are seeking to fill the seat that was left vacant in January when member Harvey Drosehn resigned.
Polls will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Town Hall, 39 South St.
Both Bolduc and Sullivan, who have served on town boards in the past, say they're running because they are concerned about how the town, which has an aging population, will pay its share of the new Wahconah Regional High School in Dalton.
Bolduc, who was on the Select Board for one term in 2001, said he's looking to return now that he's retired and has the time to be more involved.
He intends to find funding "because the roads have been Band-Aided for many years," he said. "The next year you come down the road and the same road that had been Band-Aided is breaking your tire again."
James Sullivan said that he hopes to focus his work on attracting more young people to Hinsdale and reassemble youth programs that were once in place.
More than 30 percent of the population in Hinsdale is retired, he said.
"The trends are that the number of young people attending schools are going down," he said. "It we don't do something to reverse that, to bring young people here, it's going to get worse before it gets better."
"I love this town," said Sullivan, who has lived in town for 48 years. "That's why I chose to raise my kids here."
Candidates running unopposed on the ballot include incumbent Richard Scialabba and newcomers Bonnie Connor and Nancy Smith, who are all running for three-year terms on the Finance Committee.
Also running are Peter Persoff for assessor and Barry O'Keefe for tree warden. A five-year seat on the Planning Board remains vacant.
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