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Granville residents will head to the polls next Wednesday to decide the future makeup of the village board of trustees.

Three candidates are running for two trustee positions and the election will determine if there will be change in a board that has been together for four years.

Judith Daigle is challenging incumbents Paul Labas and Dean Hyatt.

Daigle, a retired teaching assistant at Granville Central School District, is a political newcomer who decided to run after reading a column in the Granville Sentinel written by Morris Rote-Rosen in the 1970s.

“The enthusiasm with which he wrote about the people, the houses and pleasant streets made me wish the village be could be that way again,” Daigle said.

Labas, who owns a slate quarry, is seeking a second term.

“I have already served four years as a trustees for the village and I like working with the present board members for the good of our village,” Labas said. “We have a great team with a lot of experience and foresight; it means a lot to me to be part of it.”

Hyatt, a water quality manager at The Great Escape, said he is seeking a third term in office so he can continue working on ongoing projects, including the construction of new sidewalks and the Mettowee Revitalization Plan.

“I got on the board not to just attend the meetings, but to get involved in the community,” Hyatt said. “It’s been great working with the village employees and the board to make the village a better place. I feel we’ve accomplished a lot during the past four years, but you can never take your foot off the gas pedal.”

Also on the ballot are the positions of mayor and village justice. The incumbents, Mayor Brian LaRose and Justice Roger Forando, are running unopposed.

Earlier this year, LaRose outlined a number of things he hopes to achieve in his second term including completing a sidewalk project along Quaker Street, securing more sales tax revenue from Washington County and addressing foreclosed and abandoned properties, an issue all the candidates have prioritized.

LaRose said he wants to explore funding avenues to improve infrastructure and create more recreational opportunities along the Mettowee River within the village.

The election will be held on Wednesday, March 18, a day later than normal because of St. Patrick’s Day.

The polls will be open from noon to 9 p.m. at the village offices on Quaker Street.

All four positions are for four-year terms.

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