CANTON — Due to Alderman James Markey’s resignation from Canton’s Board of Aldermen, three seats will be up for grabs on the town governing board come November.
Two incumbents, Gail Mull and Ralph Hamlett, have already filed for re-election and have become somewhat of a team over the two terms they’ve already served.
While the two often take light-hearted jabs at each other, they said they have also taken pride in their ability to get things done.
“The first time we ever met was when we ran for office six years ago,” Mull said. “I make fun of him and he makes fun of me.”
“She informs my thinking as I tend to inform hers,” Hamlett said. “We may disagree with one another, we can talk things out.”
Both said that while there are things they still hope to get done if elected to another term, they are proud of what they have accomplished in their two terms on the board.
The duo was happy to talk about the new businesses that have been brought to Canton and the ongoing revitalization of the long-stagnant downtown area, but they also had other things they were proud of.
“We worked to get the new swimming pool, which I know people enjoy,” Mull said. “We fought long and hard for that.”
“One of the big things during my first term was, of course, ending the debate on ownership of Camp Hope and resolving that issue once and for all,” Hamlett said.
“We’ve managed not to increase taxes, and I oppose the legislation on vehicles as a means of raising revenue,” he added. “I did this because this seemed to be a regressive tax affecting people who could least afford it. I kept in mind the population and how we can get to a place and not place that squarely on the taxpayer shoulders.”
Another thing Mull prides herself on is always hearing out concerned citizens, and letting those concerns factor into her decisions.
“I always get the input of the Canton citizens,” she said. “We’re not just out there on our own.”
Mull and Hamlett both said they hope that in their third terms, if they prevail, they would be able to increase the tax base by continuing to attract new businesses and residents.
Whether or not their races end up being contested, and whether or not they’re re-elected, they both said it has been a privilege to serve the town they love.
“It’s been an honor to serve the people of Canton for two terms, and I hope that they will see it fit to allow me to serve an additional term,” Hamlett said. “The people will let me know what I can do better, what I should do, because we’re all in this together and are attempting to move Canton forward.”
The filing period ends at noon July 19 for those who would like to get their name on the ballot for the November election.