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Third party candidates seek upset in Fenner town election

Fenner Neighbor Party candidates, form left, Carl Snow, Cindy Gavula and Phil Rose.

Fenner Neighbor Party candidates, form left, Carl Snow, Cindy Gavula and Phil Rose. Photo by Jason Emerson.

— The Fenner Neighbors group also maintains that property values will decrease significantly in the wake of gas drilling in the town, the lower values and presence of drill sites will make it impossible for anyone who wants to sell their homes and get out of the drilling area, methane will infiltrate the town’s groundwater and the rural, beautiful landscape of Fenner will be forever destroyed.

“I don’t think most of us live out here … to live in an industrial zone,” Gavula said.

Snow said that if he, Gavula and Rose get elected to the town board in November — whether individually or all together — the first action they will take is to seek a gas drilling moratorium in the town and then move forward from there to institute a ban. “It seems like the most effective solution in the end,” he said.

Rose said the Fenner has already proven itself a leader in alternative energy with the creation of the Fenner Wind Farm, and to allow gas drilling would undermine that tradition. “If anything we should probe other methods of alternative energy,” he said.

In addition to their fight against hydrofracking, the three candidates said they will fight to increase resident participation in town government and seek to give the people more of a voice on local issues, such as by holding regular town forums to discuss key issues.

“There’s no dialogue on key issues in this town right now,” he said. “Now the town board just decides. We definitely want to put democracy in action here.”

The candidates also agree that if elected they will actively promote local businesses and “Buy Local” campaigns to help Fenner be a “viable and vibrant” community.

So far, Fenner Republicans have chosen their candidates for town board but the town Democrats have not.

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