Bruce Stafford has joined the growing field of residents who have declared candidacy for office in the June 18 elections for two seats on the Sag Harbor Village Board of Trustees.
On Tuesday, Stafford, confirmed he is collecting signatures on a nominating petition seeking what would be a second term as a trustee. He is running under the Conservative Party banner.
After serving one term on the village board, Stafford lost his seat in 2012 to Kevin Duchemin, an East Hampton Village police sergeant and a volunteer firefighter.
“I really enjoyed myself thoroughly on the board,” said Stafford on Tuesday. “I am around the village a lot and there are still a few things I would like to see through.”
In particular, Stafford — also a volunteer firefighter —said he would like to see the village use solar panels on more public buildings, similar to what the Sag Harbor Volunteer Fire Department has done at its Brick Kiln Road headquarters. Stafford said he would also like to see the remediation of Havens Beach completed and would like to be involved in planning for the future of Long Wharf.
Looking forward, Stafford said he believes staffing the police department will continue to be a challenge for the village board.
“They are a great group of guys, but there does have to be a little give on both sides,” said Stafford. “The economy is such that we all have to make some adjustments for all of us to stay here.”
Stafford is the newest candidate in what is now a four-way race for the two trustee seats. Incumbent trustee Ed Gregory is running for another term on the board on the same ticket as incumbent mayor Brian Gilbride. Former mayor and trustee Ed Deyermond has also announced his candidacy as has local businessman, La Superica owner Ken O’Donnell.
In addition to Gilbride, former mayor Pierce Hance has announced he will run for mayor, as has former village clerk Sandra Schroeder and Harbor Committee chairman Bruce Tait.
The village clerk will accept nominating petitions Monday, May 7 through Monday, May 14.
Village elections will be held on Tuesday, June 18.