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4 seats up for grabs on Clermont town council

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    Lindsey Lusher Shute
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    Cody Rockefeller
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    Dawn Brownson
October 22, 2019 07:51 pm

EDITOR’S NOTE: Missing photos and profiles are the result of the candidates not responding to our requests for interviews or photos.

CLERMONT — Four candidates are seeking two seats on the Clermont Town Council. There is no race for the supervisor’s position.

Name: Dawn Brownson

Age: 58

Occupation: Accountant

Education: Siena College

Dawn Brownson is an incumbent seeking another term on the town council. She is a Democrat who has been on the board for five years.

Improving parks facilities is among her top priorities.

“I favor the use of town funds to support the expansion of the town’s parks,” Brownson said. “To date, the town has been able to provide a baseball field, a soccer field and a basketball court at minimal expense to the residents through grants, donations, collaboration with the leagues and the use of town employees performing some of the work.”

During her time on the board, Brownson said she has worked with the Park Committee to write grants that led to $6,000 in funding for Hettling Park. If reelected, she hopes to work to develop future uses for the park.

“A plan should be developed outlining the short-term and long-term vision for the park, including ongoing maintenance costs,” she said. “The plan should include the expected sources and uses of funds maximizing grants and donations. Communication with and input from the community is also an important component as we move forward.”

Name: Lindsey Lusher Shute

Age: 40

Occupation: Owner, Hearty Roots Farm; CEO Farm Generations Cooperative

Education: New York University, Bard College (Master’s degree)

Lindsey Lusher Shute is a Democrat seeking her first term on the town council. If elected, she is hoping to bring jobs to the area.

“If elected to town council, I will use my experience as a businessperson and advocate for small business to ensure that the town is supporting agriculture, retail in the town center, and independent business owners,” Lusher Shute said. “Furthermore, I will make sure that businesses in Clermont are connected with available resources and capital available at the county, state and federal levels. There are far too many people struggling economically in Clermont, and the town must do more to help.”

She also wants to get more local residents involved in decision making for the community.

“Our town has a history of participation and strong community, and I know many people who would love to play a larger role,” Lusher Shute said. “Whether it’s working on the new town park or planning the annual holiday festivities, the town has a lot to offer the community. In particular, I am excited to create a forum for Clermont farmers to make an action plan for their success.”

Name: Cody Rockefeller

Age: 28

Occupation: Farmer

Education: State University of New York at Albany

Cody Rockefeller is a Republican running for his first term on the board.

He wants to bring more events to the town to draw residents closer together.

“A lot of other surrounding towns have ongoing events every year. When people go out to community events, it makes the community feel closer and allows for more friends to be made,” he said.

Rockefeller said he wants to have more involvement in the town.

“I look forward to being more involved in the community that I grew up in,” he said. “I will feel honored to be chosen to help keep our community a great place to live.”

Name: Kevin Van Wagner Jr.

Age: 37

Education: Columbia-Greene Community College

Kevin Van Wagner Jr. is a Republican seeking one of the two available seats on the town council.

He has lived in the community for two years and previously lived in Tivoli. He has a wife and four children.