BARRE TOWN – There will be a couple of contested races for seats on the Select Board next month.
Though both incumbents – Paul White and Jack Mitchell – are running, each will have company on the campaign trail in the run-up to the town’s May 14 elections according to Town Clerk Donna Kelty.
Unlike most Vermont communities, Barre Town holds its municipal elections in May, and now that Monday’s 5 p.m. filing deadline has passed the slate of candidates is set.
White, who is running for reelection to the three-year board seat he now holds, will be challenged by East Barre resident Justin Bolduc, who serves on the town’s budget committee.
Meanwhile South Barre resident Ken Alger, who recently ran for one of Washington County’s three Senate seats, is targeting the two-year Select Board seat held by Mitchell in the town’s only other contested race.
White and Mitchell recently enjoyed the support of those who attended the town’s annual non-partisan caucus last month, according to Kelty. Bolduc and Alger did not attend that March 18 session, she said.
Town voters will fill three other offices in a series of uncontested races on May 14.
Two of them involve incumbents. Town Moderator Tom Koch and Constable Dave Freeman are both running unopposed for re-election. Jeff Blow is the only candidate to fill a vacant three-year seat on the town’s three-member Board of Auditors.