Out of nineteen races on Hanson’s ballot, only three have challengers and another three have no candidates, leaving two Memorial Field trustee seats and a Housing Authority position vacant.
Sunday during a candidates’ forum, Selectman Don Howard explained he threw his name in for a one year term as Water Commissioner because no one else did,“I’m really upset sometimes when you have a lot of positions in the town that aren’t filled; I think they should be filled.”
Hanson Selectman Jim Egan who’s not up for reelection until 2014 was the forum’s Moderator and stated the Town Clerk relies on write-ins to fill empty seats, “You only need one or two write-ins to become eligible so hopefully friends consider their acquaintances and other people they know in town and write someone in.”
And Hanson’s town meeting kicks off tonight and one article proposes changing the position of Highway Surveyor from elected to appointed and the Selectmen candidates were asked how they will vote.
With two seats available, incumbent Steve Amico is running for a second term and argued with the audience that an appointed position gives oversight to the Town Administrator whereas an elected surveyor has full control which can lead to unsolved complaints, “In one ear, out the other ear and he tells you, ‘There’s the door; thank you very much for coming in, have a good day, I’m not doing it for you.’ Where do you go?”
Donald Howard is also up for reelection on the five-member Hanson Board of Selectmen and stated the seat should be handled like the water department, as an appointed position.
Challenger David Tregoning did not attend the candidates’ forum.
Hanson’s town election day is May 19th.
(left to right: Selectman Incumbent Don Howard, Moderator Jim Egan, Incumbent Steve Amico, representative for David Tregoning)