LEWISBORO, NY – A vacancy for one of the town’s two town justice seats has set off a game of musical chairs that will result in two special elections in November. The Lewisboro Republican Town Committee today announced it was beginning its process for interviewing candidates for these positions.
“The current town board has rightly drawn criticism for conducting its process in the dark,” newly-elected Lewisboro GOP chair Christopher Arnold said. “Instead of an open and transparent process, backroom deals were made without any public input. The Lewisboro GOP thinks we should do things differently. We will be conducting our own public interview process for these positions.”
The Lewisboro GOP wants candidates who are interested in running for town board, town judge or even state legislature to send their resume, he said. All interested candidates are being asked to fill out the candidate questionnaire at www.lewisborogop.com.
Arnold, emphasizing his committee’s commitment to identifying the most qualified candidates for each position, pointed out multiple letters-to-the-editor and social media posts which panned the board’s decision to appoint a recently re-elected town council member to fill the vacancy for judge, and fill the councilmember’s seat with a local political operative with a limited voting history and record of community involvement.
“With town wide elections during the April and June primaries, we had the perfect opportunity to conduct a special election, but instead, voters are being denied their right to elect their representatives,” Arnold said. “Yes, there is a cost associated with holding a special election, but there is a far greater cost to cronyism. I’ll gladly pay the cost for democracy any time. Voting rights are the foundation of our democracy and we as members of the public have just as much of a right as the members of the board to determine who fills these seats. I encourage those who agree that Lewisboro needs to return to open and transparent government to step forward and consider running themselves.”
The deadline to apply is February 12th. The interviews will be conducted in February and will be followed by a vote of the Committee to officially endorse its candidates.