by Lisa Tome
Those who live in Charlestown can't complain about a lack of choices on election day.
Seven people, some of whom are new to town politics, are vying for two seats on the town board. Candidates for the Tuesday, March 3 election are as follows: Mary Carol Durange, who has served before, incumbent Bruce Hechmer, incumbent Joseph Letts, Sr., John Schweizer, who has not been on the board previously, Donna Sheets, a former commissioner, Tracey Thomas who has not been on the board before, and Steven Vandervort, who also served previously.
There are 821 registered voters in Charlestown. They will have the opportunity to meet and greet the candidates on Sunday, March 1. At 3 p.m. on that date, there will be a Meet the Candidates event at Market Street Cafe. "The competition makes it good," said Letts.
On March 3, election day, polls will be open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. at town hall.
There are 324 registered voters in Cecilton.
Those voters will head to the polls on Monday, May 4. Seats up for election this year include that which is held by Mayor Joe Zang and council members Roberta Dopp and Mike Cooper.
To hold the office for mayor or council member in Cecilton, you must be 21 years of age, have lived in the town for at least a year prior to the election, and be a qualified voter in the town. Certificate of nominations for candidates can be submitted between March 2 and April 3 by 4:30 p.m. The terms of office are two years.
The Town of North East hosted an uncontested election on February 9. A total of 36 of the town's 1,704 registered voters cast ballots. Incumbent Mayor Robert McKnight retained his seat with 34 votes. Commissioner Kena Koch received 32 votes. Commissioner Paul Stark received 36 votes.