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Sunday, March 6, 2016

Candidate's Night not so Benign. Write in Candidates for School Board ,Selectboard and Planning Board.

Along with the wild ride of  the GOP Presidential nominating process, we have our own drama here in Moultonboro.  Recently retired Selectman Joel Mudgett announced his candidacy to return to the BoS as a write in candidate. His platform was based upon a number of matters he is concerned about. The purchase of a military surplus truck which he believes did not follow proper process, the Road agent who has taken a full time position as Town Administrator in New Durham and continues as our elected Road Agent, his concern about the county budget and lack of services Moultonboro receives and would like to have a voice on building committees and on other town projects.

Former Selectman Jon Tolman is running as a write in candidate for School Board. Mr. Tolman was not present, but his sister Becky Bryant made the announcement. One of the incumbents on the ballot, Celeste Burns, has resigned from the School Board for her current term  and it is unclear if she will continue on the board if elected.

Norm Larson was announced as a write in candidate for a seat on the Planning Board. There are now town candidates running for two Planning Board seats.

Ballot day is Tuesday 7am until 7pm at the Life Safety Building. Come on in and vote. You can also still  vote by absentee ballot if you can't be here Tuesday by stopping in to see the Town Clerk tomorrow until 5pm.




15 comments:

Anonymous said...

It is clear that Joel is running for all the wrong reasons. I would rather elect a candidate who is passionate about all issues than a candidate who only chooses to care about a handful of them.

Anonymous said...

I'm happy to see Joel running as I personally believe the board requires a more seasoned selectman to balance things out. Mention tonight of the RSA not being interpreted correctly in regard to allowing the road agent to "cut his hours" is good enough reason for me. In regard to the school board side of the election, I believe it is important for voters to be educated as to why Celeste Burns gave her resignation 2 weeks prior to the election. All in all, an informative candidates night!

Anonymous said...

I completely agree. Although I was late to candidates night and missed all the first speeches, it sounded like Mudget had put no thought into the issues before he began his write in campaign. At one point he responded to a question "well, to be honest, I just decided I was running yesterday so I don't really know." That's not the response I want from someone looking for my vote, I will not be writing in Joel Mudget for selectman on Tuesday and will be voting for Chris Shipp. I strongly suggest that others do the same.

Moultonboro Blogger said...

To Anon at 1032pm- The BoS did seek legal counsel and the RSA's were not interpreted incorrectly. It was agreed to allow Scott to continue as a transition for the DPW and to put the question to voters on March 12th as to whether to appoint or elect a road agent. This was never intended to be a long term situation. Soon after town meeting as the BoS have said numerous times, a road agent will be appointed by the BoS to complete the current road agent term which expires in 2018 as per the law.

Anonymous said...

To the Anon at 10:32pm. I am confident that the board has always done what is best for the town. They explained many times why they are allowing Scott ro reduce his hours. It seems to me like people don't want to listen, they just want to complain.

Unfortunately when you elect a "more seasoned" selectman you elect someone with a narrow mind who is stuck in the "good ol days" and doesn't want any change in the town. It is better to elect a younger candidate who brings fresh ideas and energy to the town.

I agree with the Anon at 10:38pm. I will be voting for Christopher Shipp on Tuesday.

Moultonboro Blogger said...

I understand the concerns regarding the school board resignation and what will happen after the election, but please refrain from speculation.

Anonymous said...

The facts regarding the School Board Candidate that are in the public record and relates to her candidacy are as follows:

There were letters of No Trespass issued for both Moultonborough Schools against candidate Burns.

Ms. Burns resigned from the school board for the remainder of her current term.

As of this writing I have seen nothing in the paper, or apparently nothing submitted at candidates night that either renounces her candidacy or states that she will not serve if elected.

In absence of any official statement from the candidate, voters must assume that she is still vying for a seat on the board for the next 3 years.

Anonymous said...

... and there's a place on the ballot for write-ins, and resignations are filled by appointment by the School Board (if it is worth it).

Anonymous said...

I personally think that the situation with the school board member in question has been blown completely out of proportion. Being around town I have heard a lot of speculation but not a lot of facts. I would suggest that people get the full story before they jump to conclusions.

Anonymous said...

Write-in for School Board.

Spell it: Gary Torressen

Moultonboro Blogger said...

Thank you anon at 1:30pm. All we need to know is we have two write-in candidates so far, and two incumbents who filed for re-election. The votes will be counted and things will be what they will be.

Anonymous said...

Anon at 1:36 are you saying Gary Torressen is running as a Write in ?

Anonymous said...

Would someone please explain to me what is going on with the school bard and election? There has been no coverage or explanation.

I won't vote a write in without knowing and understanding why I should.

A short explanation should suffice.

Anonymous said...

There are two seats open for school board, one held by Gerry Buteau and one held by Celeste Burns. Both incumbents filed for reelection in January - no one else filed.

Early in February there were some issues you can read about in the February 1st-7th Moultonborough Police blotter, shortly after there were no trespass orders issued against Ms. Burns at both Moultonborough Central School and Moultonborough Academy (she couldn't be on school property).

Ms. Burns resigned for the remainder of her current term on March 1st.

Her name is still on the ballot.

Joseph Cormier said...

Anon at 1:36 are you saying Gary Torressen is running as a Write in ?


YES!