Three vie for Ferrisburgh post

FERRISBURGH — Three Ferrisburgh residents have stepped forward offering to fill the seven-month balance of a term recently vacated by Selectman Bob Jenkins, who wants to devote more time to local fire department issues.
The Ferrisburgh selectboard will interview all three candidates on Tuesday, July 12, beginning at 5 p.m. at the town offices. Selectboard Chairwoman Loretta Lawrence anticipates she and her colleagues will select a candidate that evening, following the interviews.
Vying for Jenkins’ spot, which will be up for election on Town Meeting Day next March, are:
• James Benoit, a lifelong resident who has had a long interest in town politics. He works for a construction firm in Burlington, according to Lawrence.
• Kurt Plank, a self-employed businessman who has been “very involved with the community,” Lawrence said. Plank has previously been a candidate for the selectboard; has lived in town for many years; and was active in the effort to restore the Ferrisburgh Grange Hall.
• Kieran Kilbride, a longtime member of the town planning commission and a self-employed business person. Kilbride has said he will step down from the planning commission if appointed to the selectboard, according to Lawrence.
It will be tough to choose from among the three qualified candidates, Lawrence said.
“They would all be an asset (to the board),” Lawrence said. “Regardless of who we appoint, I hope all three will seek election in March.”
Reporter John Flowers is at [email protected].

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