The contest for election to the Sag Harbor Village Board of Trustees in June officially become a race after Kevin Duchemin turned in a petition this week to seek office. Duchemin was the only resident to turn in a petition to run against incumbent trustees Bruce Stafford and Robby Stein, according to Sag Harbor Village Clerk Beth Kamper.
Duchemin is a sergeant with the East Hampton Village Police and a member of the Sag Harbor Fire Department.
Long before petitions were due, both Stafford and Stein pledged a run for a second elected term on the board, although this will technically be Stein’s third term if elected. He was appointed to fill Mayor Brian Gilbride’s seat after Gilbride won his first bid as mayor in 2009.
Stafford is a lifelong resident of Sag Harbor and like Duchemin is a member of the Sag Harbor Fire Department. Stafford owns a landscaping business and as a member of the board of trustees has served as the liaison to the village’s Harbor Master Bob Bori. Stafford has also served on the board of the Sag Harbor United Methodist Church.
Stein, a child psychologist and member of both the Mashashimuet Park Board and the Bay Street Theatre Board of Trustees was on the first board for the not-for-profit community group Save Sag Harbor. As the liaison to the village’s wastewater treatment facility, Stein has upgraded that system and remains devoted to environmental issues as a member of the board.
In North Haven, the village election remains uncontested, according to village clerk Georgia Welch.
North Haven Mayor Laura Nolan will run uncontested to earn a sixth term. She is joined in seeking re-election by board members George Butts and Diane Skilbred.
Butts, an 18-year-member of the village’s zoning board of appeals, is seeking his third term. Skilbred, a 15-year-member of North Haven’s architectural review board, hopes to earn a second term in office.
Village elections will be held in both North Haven and Sag Harbor on June 19.