Vol. II No. 09 5/1/2021
Candidates Q & A
1. Charlie Kenny Board of Health
Why are you running? I am running because I have been Chair of the Board of Health for the last several years and therefore have been at the forefront of several important Board efforts that involve other boards, committees, and groups in town and that continue to be challenging. I am a team player. I think I would be dropping the ball if I quit now.
What is your Prime Focus? Obviously, working with the Town Emergency Management team to deal with the Covid-19 pandemic has been top priority, but hopefully, with full vaccine penetration, its importance will subside. Management of the Stockbridge Bowl to prevent another cyanobacterial bloom was the top priority before Covid, and still requires my active participation on the Stockbridge Bowl Stewardship Committee, which has actively begun to study and intervene to promote long-term water quality and watershed security. The recent revelation that mosquito sprays have inadvertently contained long-lasting contaminants has raised a new focus: are we going to let the Mosquito Control Program spray all over town without any formal notification to near-by residents? Are we going to continue to allow them to spend $30,000 of town allocated funds to spray primarily for not for-profit benefit? Are we going to continue to allow the program to use all those funds and NEVER give us an adequate accounting about where the monies went? This issue, like the others, is being actively discussed in cooperation with your Select Board and Town administration. Again, I believe that I should strive for reelection because I would be failing my fellow teammates if I gave up.
What would I like to say? I love this Town. I practiced orthopaedic surgery here for 40 years. I raised my family here and they love it. My sons don't live here, but they are close, and they love to come home. Anyone who visits Stockbridge loves it.
2. Gary Johnston, Town Moderator
Answer to question #1: I have been honored to have been elected to the post of Moderator for over 40 years. My wish to help the town while also running my own business and being involved in many other community activities left me with limited time to do so. My knowledge of parliamentary rules made the Moderators position the logical choice for me.
Answer to question #2: I always strive to conduct my duties as Moderator in a fair and efficient manner to ensure each voter has an opportunity to express their viewpoints, while also following proper procedures and getting the business of the town completed in an expeditious manner. I will continue to do so if I am elected.
Answer to question #3: I wish to thank the voters for supporting me for these many years. I hope that support will continue as long as you feel that I am competent to perform the duties of Moderator.
3. Don Chabon Town Select Board
What prompted you to run?
These have been seminal, transitional, trying times everywhere and for everyone. Stockbridge like many communities has faced, and will be facing, multiple complex changes and challenges. We need Selectmen who can deal with that.
What is your prime focus?
Many subjects need our focus and Select Board members must be able to multi-task. Currently, 33 items are on my watch list and I've compiled them with perspective, explanation and discussion for review on a Web Page: donforstockbridge.godaddysites.com. Let's talk specifics — check-out the web page: agree/disagree and comment to me at email@example.com. Let's see what can be worked out. I continue to value the opinions of all our citizens, and actively solicit your input.
What would you like to say to voters?
4. Ernest (Chuck) Cardillo Select Board Incumbent
I thought it over for a while. I decided to run for a few reasons. We have a good board and we are getting things done like the highway garage, bridges, bylaws and the everyday operations of the town. I have a very good working relationship with the office employees.
Here are a few of the items on my agenda:
I want to work along with the parks department to bring our playgrounds up to date with more options for different age groups. Hoping this will attract and bring more families into town.
I would like to continue to work on the bylaws and finish the projects that we are working on.
We need to make sure our older population can afford to stay in town. This will take a lot of effort from the select board and planning board working together.
I want to thank the residents of Stockbridge for their support of me as selectmen. I always try to keep the voters involved in the decisions that we are making. I value their opinions
I have made a few mistakes during my two terms as selectmen. I have learned from those and I feel it made me a more effective and passionate selectmen.
I would like to have the opportunity to serve the town as selectmen again.
Looking west towards Yokun Ridge.