NEW LONDON Residents of New London will be voting for five people to fill five offices on Election Day.
Dar Anderson is seeking his second term as mayor, and he says the village is still facing the same challenges it was four years ago when he took office. The storm sewer system needs to be upgraded, and the village needs to keep the businesses it already has and attract new ones.
Anderson said village administrator Shawn Tappel, "is doing a good job," but with the increase in unfunded EPA regulations it will be more and more difficult to keep up without more money coming from somewhere.
Marion Paramore is running for the seat Steve Fawcett is leaving on council. Paramore served on council and as mayor for 11 years in the 70s and 80s before moving to West Virginia, and now that he is back in the village he says, "I decided I would get involved again."
Although he has been away, Paramore said sewers were a problem when he lived here before, and they are still an issue facing residents and village government.
Council President Larry Hall is seeking his second term and said, "The bottom line is money." Without getting more of it from somewhere the village cannot fix the sewers and other problems.
He wants the downtown storefronts filled with businesses, and he encourages residents to buy locally so their money stays in the village.
Dennis Goetze is the candidate for the board of education seat Gary Landis is giving up, and with two children in the school system he said, "I know where we have to be in four years."
His priorities for the district are staying in good financial condition, continuing to excel in test scores and improving communications between the board and the community.
Board President Ken Hale is running for his second term because, "I want to finish the work we have started."
Hale said some of the important issues facing the board are student safety and security, school funding, and communication. He said the school's Web site is a very effective way of passing on information, and it is getting better all the time.