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December 11, 2013

Douglas seeks to helm county again

ELIZABETHTOWN — Essex County Board of Supervisors Chair Randy Douglas is seeking an unparalleled fifth term heading county government next year.

Douglas (D-Jay) seems to have the support of many of his fellow members of the Board of Supervisors — Democrats, Republicans and independents alike.

No other candidate for the one-year post has announced an intention to run.

JAN. 6 VOTE

Douglas said he is asking the other 17 supervisors to vote for him as chairman at the board’s organizational meeting, set for 10 a.m. Monday, Jan. 6, in the Old County Courthouse at Elizabethtown.

Under the board’s previous customary procedures, a supervisor would serve as chair for two one-year terms, then was replaced by the vice chair.

But because Douglas had been doing what many perceived as an excellent job at the helm, some supervisors asked him to run for a third term as chair, then a fourth and now a fifth.

No other supervisor in at least 40 years had served more than two years as chair, according to county records.

Supervisor William Ferebee (R-Keene) is also running for re-election as vice chair.

Douglas recently sent supervisors an email asking for their support.

“Although we may all disagree, at times, I know each and every one of you will honestly vote for what you feel is best in your hearts,” Douglas wrote.

“Both Bill and I have been honored to serve as your leaders these last few years. I have already reached out to all the newly elected supervisors and promise to help them in any way I can to make their transitions into town and county supervisors successful.”

FUNDING PROJECTS

Douglas pointed to the reconstruction of the 8-mile Whiteface Mountain Veterans Memorial Highway, slated to start in the spring, as something they lobbied hard for and won from the state on behalf of the county and the Town of Wilmington.

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