Very interesting because we've noted the same pattern here in Windsor with  
the moderator.  I'd love to find a voter that votes this way and ask  
him/her what the reasoning it behind it.
Marianne in Windsor
In a message dated 2/4/2010 8:56:33 A.M. Eastern Standard Time,  
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Well,  Susie, it will be interesting to see how the votes fall for your 
two  offices. I have noticed that, depending on which office is on the 
ballot  first, if someone is running for two offices, the second one gets 
fewer  votes. We have always gotten a kick out of our Town 
Moderator/School  Moderator getting fewer votes for the second position 
on the ballot, as  if, somehow, he weren't as effective after lunch as in 
the morning. I  observed that the time I was on the ballot for reelection 
for library  trustee and cemetery trustee, I received fewer votes for the 
second office  on the ballot.

Just a theory. Nothing  scientific.


Susie Haughwout wrote:
> I am a  Selectboard member in Wilmington. There was an open seat two 
> years  ago and no one turned in a petition, so I did. My term is up 
> this  year and I turned in a petition to run again. Even though there 
> is no  statutory conflict of interest prohibiting the Town Clerk to 
> hold a  Selectboard seat, some folks may not think it’s not a good 
> idea. I  fully expected opposition to my running again, but no one 
> turned in a  petition, so I am running unopposed. I also had to run for 
> Town Clerk  this year, also unopposed. That’s the biggest drawback, 
> when you have  to run for both offices in the same year.
> * From: * Vermont  Municipal Government Discussion Network 
> [mailto:[log in to unmask]]  *On Behalf Of *katharine bergen
> *Sent:* Wednesday, February 03, 2010  2:53 PM
> *To:* [log in to unmask]
> *Subject:*  Offices
> Hi all,
> Just one more question. The  incumbent Selectman just came in and said 
> he is thinking of  resigning. I think I talked him in doing that after 
> the election  since the ballots are back. If he indeed quits, is there 
> any conflict  with my applying for the position if I am Assistant Town 
>  Clerk/Treasurer?
> Thanks again,
> Kathy  Bergen