PIERREPONT - Last minute preparations are being made in the Pierrepont Town Council race, where three candidates are vying for two spots on the board.
The town of Pierrepont race features two incumbents and one newcomer on the Nov. 5 ballot.
Republican candidates Roger H. Murray and Dahl R. McCormick are hoping for re-election, while third-party candidate William J. Mein is hoping to snag one of the two vacant spots.
Mr. Murray and Mr. McCormick were both appointed to the board in February 2012 and were unopposed last year in races for the seats.
In search of his first full, four-year term, Mr. Murray said that he has been busy with meetings and has not had much time for campaigning.
I am going to meetings, serving on committees and doing typical councilman things, he said. I was on the school board for 18 years and have a lot of experience with budgeting.
Mr. Murray replaced Peter Hoyt on the board, who resigned after serving for three months.
The Pierrepont resident said that he has enjoyed his time on the board thus far and is hoping to continue serving. Im running because I am interested in staying on the board for at least one more term, Mr. Murray said. Like anything, it takes a while to get used to. Ive been here all my life and would really like to continue.
Mr. McCormick meanwhile was appointed to the board to replace Thomas E. Latimer, after Mr. Latimer was elected town supervisor.
The incumbent recently had a knee replacement operation and explained that it prevented him from campaigning much at first. He said that he planned to be more active on the trail closer to Election Day.
Most of the people know who I am in the town and know what I stand for. With (the election), they will either vote for me or not vote for me, Mr. McCormick said. I find that the longer youre in office, the more people get to know you and know what you stand for.
Mr. McCormick added that he has had questions on town expenditures in the past, and if re-elected, he would not be afraid to bring this issue to the attention of the board.
Im conservative and people know that. I question some of the expenditures for the town and they know that. If I feel that something would be better for the citizens and taxpayers of the town, I would suggest going out to bid, he said.
With three people on the board and two up for election, one is kind of an unknown. But I think it should be a close race, Mr. McCormick said. I think that its nice that the people have a choice. There are three candidates and two up for election, so that gives them a choice. The best thing for democracy is to have a choice of candidates. Were seeing in Washington now that people are working for their own re-election.
Attempts to reach Mr. Mein for comment were unsuccessful.