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Ballot for Brocton mayor blank as no one seeks office

March 3, 2016
By Ann Belcher ( , Westfield Republican

BROCTON - The Village Board has found itself in a unique position heading into the March election. With Mayor Dave Hazelton's term set to expire, and an officially closed ballot with no posted candidates for a mayor, only one of two options remain to fill the seat.

Hazelton announced several months ago that he would not be seeking re-election. He cited the desire to spend more time with his family and can generally be found responding to emergency calls throughout the Brocton-Portland and surrounding areas as a volunteer member of the fire department in the village. It was at that time that he hoped someone would step forward with interest to take on his mayoral responsibilities, even reminding the public at board meetings that the vacancy would be forthcoming.

"That's the reason that I announced over six months ago that I would not be seeking another term in office. I wanted someone to step forward and be able to spend some time with myself and Dale (Abram, who is a veteran trustee and mayor.) We have a lot of things going on in this village, our recent report on 10 East Main Street being just one of them," stated the mayor.

But as candidates have filtered in for the two trustee positions, nobody indicated at recent party caucuses that they would be interested in filling Hazelton's shoes.

"At this point it could be a write in candidate that could be elected, or if nobody ran and became elected as a write-in candidate, the Village Board would have to appoint someone," he added.

Hazelton will have to remain in the mayor seat until one or the other is officially carried out. Abram also has chosen not to seek re-election.

Abram has served as mayor of Brocton, as well as trustee, and was quoted by Hazelton as being "of great assistance" to Hazelton when the two traded seats on the board and Hazelton transitioned from trustee to mayor. Over the two men's most recent terms, Brocton has seen large-scale events take place within its limits such as the overhaul of its water treatment plant; the restoration and refurbishing of Brocton's four corner arch, the joining of Brocton to the regional water district being formed, two major flood events and major upgrades to the village's electrical and water line systems, just to name a few.

Seeking election to the two trustee vacancies in March will be: Craig Miller, who currently holds Dale Van Vlack's trustee seat vacated earlier this year; Nick Rizzo III; Jason DeJoe; and Carol Horlacher.



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