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Westford Town Supervisor write-in race

The supervisor race in the town of Westford, Otsego County, comes down to the current town supervisor and his opponent, both of whom were write-in candidates

Posted: Nov 9, 2017 9:51 AM
Updated: Nov 9, 2017 12:30 PM

Bryan Larrabee is the current Town Supervisor in the Town of Westford. It’s a small Town of around eight hundred people. Larrabee wasn’t planning on running for Town Supervisor, but nobody wanted the job, so he ran on a write-in campaign.

Two weeks before the election another man named Walter Heinrick joined the race as a write-in opponent. On Election Day there were 265 votes cast and and nearly half were write in’s.

Westford Town Supervisor Bryan Larrabee says, "I think this is a real true test of democracy because people had to know who you were and they had to put your name on paper and this is unique."

Pete Mravlja owns Pete's Arms and Reloading Supplies. He also found the write-in race unusual.

"I have never encountered it before. I’ve heard of it, but this guy, I know him. Walt, he came in late, so I don’t think he had the time to go through the proper channels to get his name on the ballot."

Bryan Larrabee owns and runs Hometown Hauling and Recycling full time. The Town Supervisor in Westford only makes $5500 a year. Not a lot of money for the amount of work that comes with it.

"The phone rings every day from a dog call to a State Comptroller, to a Highway Department needing something to a salesman. All the littlest things. People complaining."

We asked Westford Resident Glen Ferguson if he would consider running for the position?

"Honestly I work second shift. I couldn’t make any of the meetings, or…I wouldn’t mind it, but I couldn’t make the meetings and be responsible in taking care of the Town."

Business Owner Adam Feil also thinks it really comes down to time.

"I don’t have the time. Not owning a business, and …. Yea, I don’t have the time."

We did reach out to Bryan Larrabee's opponent Walter Heinrick, but he was out of town and unavailable for comment.

The Otsego County Board of Elections says they’re not going to start canvassing votes until November 15, so that gives us about another week before we know who the next Town Supervisor is going to be.

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