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Two Write-ins Eye Easton First Selectman Job

EASTON, Conn. ? A new write-in candidate has joined the race for Easton first selectman, and he’s running on only one issue: cell towers.

“I am running to draw attention to the lack of cell phone service in a good part of Easton because some people feel this good, rural town will be defiled by cell towers, and I don’t think it’s true,” said Richard Seclow.

Seclow said he doesn’t want to publicize his personal life, his profession or anything else about himself. He said he solely wants “to draw attention to the lack of a utility which can be a vital part in our lives.” He’s not affiliated with any party, doesn’t have any other platform for his candidacy or anything against Republican First Selectman Thomas Herrmann. He said he just wants to get people in town talking.

“I just want to get Easton into the 21st century,” Seclow said.

Seclow isn’t the only write-in vying to take over Herrmann’s job. Robert Webbe has also filed paperwork with the secretary of the state’s office.

Unlike Seclow, Webbe does have a beef with the way the current administration has been running Easton. Webbe, an account executive with the Vermont-based nutrition company New Chapter, Inc., states on his website, www.robertwebbe.com , that after attending several board, commission and town meetings he “observed troubling indications of dysfunction in our Town government.”

Part of the problem, Webbe says, is the lack of communication between Herrmann and town residents. “Decisions are too often made exclusive of essential committee oversight and/or the voice of the citizenry.”

Webbe, who couldn’t be reached for comment, promises to decentralize town government, encourage debate, establish task forces to work with town emergency management officials, determine options for the South Park Avenue property and reduce taxes.

Though certified as candidates by the state, Webbe and Seclow  may find it difficult to get even one vote. Unlike candidates listed on the ballot, write-ins do not appear on the ballot and must rely on voters writing in their name on a line at the bottom of the ballot, said Town Clerk Derek Buckley.

Those wishing to have their name on the Nov. 8 ballot as a write-in candidate must submit paperwork to the secretary of the state by Oct. 25.

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