Hayden may nix election

Town Board, mayor candidates running unopposed


— There's an election set for April 1 in Hayden. Or maybe there isn't.

All three trustee candidates and the candidate for mayor are running unopposed, Town Clerk Susan Irvine said. Residents can file an affidavit of intent to run as a write-in candidate by 5 p.m. Wednesday, she said.

No write-in affidavits have been filed.

"If we don't get any of those, on the next Town Board agenda will be a resolution to cancel the election," Irvine said.

That board meeting is set for March 20. A majority of the seven-member group must approve the resolution.

The new board will start work at the April 3 meeting.

Trustee Lorraine Johnson, who has reached her term limit, is running to replace Ken Gibbon as mayor, Irvine said. Bill Hayden and Richard "Festus" Hagins are running for trustee seats. Trustee Trace Musgrave, who was appointed in January to fill the seat vacated when Gibbon was appointed mayor, is running to keep his spot on the board.

Gibbon took the mayoral post in November after Joseph Schminkey stepped down Oct. 1 because he was moving outside town limits. The mayor must live in Hayden.

In her experience, Irvine said, a totally uncontested election is unusual.

"This is actually the first time since I started in '99" that no candidates have faced opposition, she said.

Trustees serve four-year terms. The mayor's term is two years.

Hagins is a member of the Hayden Planning Commission.

Hayden and his family run a grocery store in town, Hayden Mercantile. He has lived in the town for about 20 years.

"We're the only Haydens in Hayden," he said.

Anyone interested in running as a write-in candidate can get an affidavit from Irvine at Town Hall, 178 W. Jefferson Ave.


424now 9 years ago

Ho, oh, oh, oh, oh, now that just tells the story now doesn't it. If nobody else wants the job, aint much of a job then is it.


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