ELIZABETHTOWN — Evelyn Hatch and Michael McGinn are on the ballot for the four-year Town Council seat made available by the resignation of Kenneth Fenimore.
The victor in the election will serve for one year, which is the unexpired portion of the term, and then can apply for re-election in 2013.
Both candidates told the Press-Republican they were grateful to reside in Elizabethtown and expressed desire to devote their energies toward the betterment of the community.
Hatch sees many positive attributes in Elizabethtown.
“Elizabethtown, compared to many small Adirondack towns, is fortunate in many ways. We are the county seat, have a fine hospital in our midst, a museum, golf course, library, the home of Denton Publications, two car dealerships, grocery store, drug store, and on and on,” she said.
However, she has concerns.
“But, at the same time, we have some things to worry about. Our population is declining at the same time it is aging. We’ve lost many of our small shops and businesses in the last 10 years,” Hatch said.
“Now, more than ever, it’s important that we work together. We need to be united, not divided. We need board members who can work well and are on speaking terms with other town departments, boards and organizations, and most especially with each other. It is the duty of a town board member to focus on and to promote the interests of the town and not his or her own agenda.”
Hatch added that she feels Elizabethtown is “well represented and well served by the current board, all of whom have the town’s best interests at heart. I feel my experience in business, on the Planning Board and Chamber of Commerce qualifies me to be a member of this board and to represent and promote the interests of all of the residents of Elizabethtown. If elected, I promise to work hard to do just that.”