LaFontaine town council candidates
(table, from left) Lori Brane, Bob Couch, Jay Gillespie, Janet Robbins-Pattee, and Jeremy Waite answer public concerns at the debate on April 20 as (far left Matt Dillon moderated. Photo by Emma Rausch
By Emma Rausch
Five of the seven LaFontaine Town Council candidates debated on Monday, April 20, in front of over 40 members of the community.
The candidates, all Republican, included Lori Brane, Walter “Bob” Couch, Jay Gillespie, Janet Robbins-Pattee, Tyler Guenin, and Jeremy Waite. Kinnie Sollars was not present at the event.
Before questioning began, however, candidate Tyler Guenin announced his withdraw from the race. He and his wife, Brooklyn, are moving out of the Town of LaFontaine, Guenin said to the audience.
However, since his request for withdraw came after the Feb. 9 cut off date, Guenin’s name will still appear on the ballot and he could potentially be one of the top three voted into the council. He asked that everyone to use their votes wisely and not elect him.
The candidates debated for nearly two hours on topics ranging from their qualifications to be on the council to the town debt, government mandates, and financial issues within the water department. The questions were submitted by members of the community.