Candidates discuss platforms at Jaffrey’s candidates night

  • Bonnie Mitchell – Select Board Staff photo by Nicholas Handy

  • Laurel McKenzie – School Board, Jaffrey seat Staff photo by Nicholas Handy

  • Eunice Jadlocki – Supervisor of the checklist Staff photo by Nicholas Handy

  • Marc Tieger – Town Moderator Staff photo by Nicholas Handy

  • Robert Schaumann – School District Moderator Staff photo by Nicholas Handy

  • Pamela Armstrong and Joseph Johnson – Library Trustees (two seats) Staff photo by Nicholas Handy

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Monday, March 05, 2018 5:37PM

With only one candidate present for each open office, there was little contention during Jaffrey’s candidates night on Thursday.

The only contested race on the ballot this year is for select board, with Bonnie Mitchell and Lloyd Dunning vying for James “Cush” Moore’s open three-year seat. 

“I want to be involved in town so I decided to run,” said Mitchell, who said she moved to Jaffrey from Manhattan, New York about 15 years ago. “I’m a single woman living in a small New England town… I want to see how the town works.”

Mitchell is a former state representative from 2004 to 2010.She said her background is in insurance. 

Mitchell said the biggest challenge for the town is getting more people to come downtown. She said she is excited about the future of Jaffrey’s downtown given the work being done to potentially reimagine the downtown traffic configuration. 

“We need to revitalize the downtown area. We have all these wonderful stores but no one stops,” said Mitchell. “It’s a very exciting time for Jaffrey… we can make a statement about who we are.”

No candidate fielded more questions than incumbent school board member Laurel McKenzie, who is running unopposed for a three-year term to represent Jaffrey on the board.

McKenzie, the current board chair, was asked about the qualities and background that a school board member should have, how often board members should visit schools, state changes to school nurse requirements, mandatory testing, and how to lessen division between the two towns in the district.

“I don’t think there’s a magic bullet… all I can do is continue to work with the board and committees,” said McKenzie. “We need to be in this together, the kids deserve it.”

There are two candidates for two three-year terms for library trustee this year: incumbent Pamela Armstrong and Joseph Johnson.

“The library has become a dynamic and important place to the town… I’d like to keep working,” said Armstrong.

“I’m very involved on Saturdays at the library,” said Johnson, who said he and his children go to the library often. 

Marc Tieger is once again running to be the town’s moderator, a two-year term. 

“Town Meeting is a wonderful institution,” said Tieger, who spent much of his time explaining the duties of a town moderator. 

Incumbent Robert Schaumann is running unopposed to become the school district moderator for a one-year term. 

“I try to run things in an orderly fashion,” said Schaumann. 

Eunice Jadlocki is running for a three-year term as supervisor of the checklist. Jadlocki said she moved to town about two years ago and was looking to use the job as an opportunity to meet more people in town.

“I believe strongly in the democratic system,” said Jadlocki, who said she has a background in working with non-profits. 

Incumbent trustee of the trust funds Gary Arceci was unable to attend candidate’s night, but is running for re-election for a three-year seat. 

Nicholas Handy can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 235 or nhandy@ledgertranscript.com. He is also on Twitter @nhandyMLT.