The Portsmouth Water and Fire District will hold its annual election of officers on Wednesday, June 14, 2017 at the District's main office at 1944 East Main Road. The polls will open at 7:00 AM and close at 8:00 PM.
Of the Board's seven seats, the positions of one (1) Clerk and (1) Water Commissioner are up for election.
Running for the position of Clerk is incumbent Philip T. Driscoll of 169 Immokolee Drive.
Running for the position of Water Commissioner is Andrew V. Kelly of 33 Pine St.
As required by the recent change in State Law, voters will be required to show identification to vote in the District’s election.
Just because you only see one candidate for each position, please don't assume that these races will be uncontested. Turnout is typically very low (in recent years, candidates have won with 64 votes. Not by 64 votes. With a total of 64 votes) for these elections (to a quasi-governmental body with taxing power) and it is possible for undeclared candidates to succeed on a write in. In fact, this has actually happened in Portsmouth Water Board elections. If you're a ratepayer in the District, I urge you to get out to the polls on June 14. Don't worry -- I'll remind you :)
Editorial note: The section before the commentary is written from a news release.