B y Jaime Thomas
Three candidates are running for two positions on the Hebron town council this year.
Democrat Robert Nailor is vying to replace incumbent Republicans George Flint and Edward Harrington for a four-year term.
Though Nailor has not previously served on the board, Town Supervisor Brian Campbell said he “ran a very good campaign last time, only to lose after the absentee ballots were counted.” He is a retired financial controller and brings strong financial managerial skills.
Harrington and Flint share similar aims as councilmen; both said they try to properly manage money while holding the line with taxes.
“I’m very interested in keeping taxes down and being conservative, and yet doing whatever is necessary to get the job done,” Flint said.
He also said he tries to be very available by phone or email to local townspeople.
“I’m a 24/7 kind of guy,” he said.
Flint has lived in Hebron for his entire life and has worked at Salem Farm Supply for the past 41 years. He also spent 40 years with the Hebron Fire Company, serving in various capacities from chief to officer, and spent 15 years on the board of assessment review before moving on to the town board.
Harrington, too, has spent much time—35 years—with the fire department and said that helps him see both sides of budgetary issues.
“One of the main things is trying to keep taxes low; even if you raise your taxes 1 percent, that’s going to affect some people, especially those with fixed incomes. With the highway department and the fire company, you try to keep that under control as much as possible, but we have necessities,” he said.
He has lived in Hebron for 35 years and retired several years ago after 25 years as a corrections officer. He served on the town council in the early 1980s and was one of the officials that issued the town’s mobile home ordinance. He said he came back onto the board several years ago to keep up the ordinance.
Nailor, who serves on the board of assessment review, believes he brings new blood and fresh ideas to the board.
“It’s always good to have a different opinion than what the current opinion is. I’d like the town to progress,” he said. He named some of the top issues he would address if elected as lack of reasonable internet and cell phone access and lack of community involvement in the town.
“I’d like to see more people come to the meetings. We’ve got to change that; we’ve got to do something to spark an interest in the meetings.”
Other positions that will be on the ballot but uncontested include Town Clerk Dorothy Worthington’s two-year slot and Town Supervisor Brian Campbell’s place. Democrat and Conservative Floyd Pratt and Republican Craig Watrous are competing against each other for the position of highway superintendent.
Residents can cast their ballots at the West Hebron meeting house on Tuesday, Nov. 5 from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.