Voters in Windsor will see two candidates on Tuesday’s ballot for a seat on the Board of Selectmen.

Allison Whynot and Chris Haiss are running against each other to fill a position being vacated by Jonathan Adams.

They don’t sound much like opponents, with each of them saying either of them could do a good job for the town.

Haiss, 30, is a marine engineer who has been on the Windsor Budget Committee since last year.

Whynot, 49, is an educational technician at Windsor Elementary School, where she has worked for 15 years and is known as “Ms. A” to students and parents.

Haiss said he thinks Windsor “is in good shape” and he wants to help keep the town on track as a selectman.

He said his priorities as selectman would be continuing to maintain the town’s infrastructure while reducing spending. He said those two priorities could feed each other, because in recent years the town has invested in new infrastructure. That could result in savings, he said.

“We made some big purchases in the last couple of years, so we should be all set,” said Haiss, a Maine Maritime Academy graduate. “If we’re not purchasing anything new, you just need to maintain what you have, so that should save us money.”

He said the town should continue with its ongoing road maintenance plan overseen by the town manager, which is designed to maintain roads in an organized manner.

Haiss said he has had a year of experience on the Budget Committee, “so I’ve seen some of the inner workings of the town.”

“Two, as part of the younger generation, I can add a little different viewpoint to the board. And, three, I’d take the time to listen to everyone.”

He said he’s running because it is a citizen’s duty to participate in, not just complain about, how the town is run.

Whynot said it is time for a change in local government and she’d work to keep the town’s tax rate down. She didn’t identify specific budget cuts, instead suggesting some savings could be found by looking at, and working to limit, spending across all of the town budget.

“We have to look at everything and keep the older citizens of the town in mind, with their fixed incomes, and making sure they’re able to afford the homes they are in,” Whynot said. “Make sure we don’t, with taxes, make it impossible for them to live in their homes. In general, there can be some savings across the board.”

Whynot said she would abstain from any votes involving Keith Hall, the roads supervisor in the Public Works Department, because they are a couple.

Whynot, who hold a bachelor’s degree from the University of Maine at Augusta and has lived in town for 21 years, said her priorities would be to continue ongoing work to improve the road infrastructure and continue making improvements to the transfer station, while making sure Windsor remains an affordable place to live.

“We need to make it a town that somebody would want to move into,” she said of Windsor. “We have a great school system, and I want to make sure Windsor is affordable for anybody to have a chance to live here.”

All other town and school positions up for election are uncontested, with multiple positions having no candidates on the ballot, and left to be filled by write-in votes.

Polls will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Windsor Town Hall.

Keith Edwards — 621-5647

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Twitter: @kedwardskj


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