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Two run for one vacancy on Bristol board; a third candidate withdraws

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Posted on January 31, 2013 |
By Xian Chiang-Waren



Editor’s note: The version of this article ran in the print edition stated that Kris Perlee was a candidate in the selectboard race. Perlee withdrew his petition for candidacy after press time for this edition of the Independent. This article has been amended to reflect that change.

BRISTOL — On Town Meeting Day, two candidates will vie for a three-year seat on Bristol’s selectboard. Brian Fox, John Moyers and Kris Perlee all submitted petitions for candidacy by the 5 p.m. deadline on Monday; Perlee withdrew his application before the ballot was finalized on Wednesday, leaving Fox and Moyers to duke it out for the seat. Incumbent Carol Wells announced in December that she would not seek re-election.

Fox and Moyers are both active members of the Bristol community, though they have diverse areas of expertise.

Fox, a Hinesburg police officer, is a lifelong Bristol resident and the president of the Bristol Rescue Squad. He served with the Bristol Police Department from 2007 to 2010 and currently has a seat on the Mount Abraham Union High School board, which is set to expire in March.

“I’ve always been fairly active in the community,” Fox told the Independent last week, noting that he had considered a run for the selectboard for some time.

Moyers, who made an unsuccessful bid for a selectboard seat in 2011 against incumbent John “Peeker” Heffernan, said that running for the selectboard seemed like a “natural next step” after years of interest and activity on planning and zoning issues.

“The selectboard will soon review changes to Bristol’s zoning regulations forthcoming from the Planning Commission, and I’d like to have a role in that,” Moyers said. “There are big decisions ahead on a new and improved fire department headquarters, and the question of whether our police department should expand, and if so, how that might work. As a Main Street resident and downtown property owner, I can be an advocate for our downtown. But beyond these issues, I just want to do my part to serve Bristol, which is such a great community and special place.”

Perlee, who serves on the Bristol Planning Commission and with the Bristol Recreation Department, told the Independent last week that he had been holding off on filing his petition for candidacy if it meant forsaking some of his planning commission duties.

“I’ve poured my heart and soul into this thing for three years,” Perlee said, adding that he believed that vacating his seat at this time would be a “disservice to the town.”

Perlee withdrew his petition for candidacy before the town finalized its ballot at 5 p.m. on Wednesday (after the deadline for this edition of the Independent.

"Due to possible conflicts with the planning commission, other commitments, and time with my family, I do not believe this is the best time for me to run," Perlee said on Thursday morning.

The only other selectboard seat that will be on the Town Meeting Day ballot will be that of incumbent Peeker Heffernan. He is running for re-election unopposed.

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