LISBON Patrick J. Green is challenging James W. Armstrong in this years town supervisor election.
Mr. Armstrong, a Republican, is running for his third term in office and said hes proud of the way the town is being run.
Im a conservative, and everything seems to be going at an even keel now, Mr. Armstrong said.
Mr. Armstrong pointed to the expansion of the Lisbon Beach and Campground and the towns ability to lower the tax rate in recent years as some of the standout achievements he has accomplished during the past four years he has served as supervisor.
The town tax rate fell in 2013 from $5.37 per $1,000 in property value in 2012 to $5.35.
People seem happy to come live in Lisbon, Mr. Armstrong said. I just have a vested interest in the town.
A lifelong resident of Lisbon, Mr. Armstrong said, Id like to see the town progress without encumbering any debt for the taxpayers.
Im just running on a reputation of increasing services and keeping the tax rate at a constant level, he said.
Mr. Green, also a lifelong resident of Lisbon who owns a farm on the Keystone Road, said he decided to run for town supervisor after a conversation with Mr. Armstrong.
Jim told me that if I didnt like the way things are being run, I should run for office, he said. So I thought if I was going to run for office, Id run for his.
Running as an independent, Mr. Green said he has been encouraging people to exercise their right to vote in this years election.
We ran a voter registration drive at the Livestock concert I have every year, he said. We had a float in the Lisbon (homecoming) parade urging everyone to vote. Its the only way to empower yourself.
Mr. Green, who lost a bid for town council in 2012, said the first thing he would do if elected is ensure the American flag flying over the towns World War II memorial is given the respect he feels it deserves. Mr. Green believes the flag should be treated as if it were 1943 with someone raising it every morning and lowering it every night.
Mr. Green also challenged Mr. Armstrong to a public debate – to be held sometime during October – to discuss issues related to the running of the town.
Mr. Armstrong said, I dont think thats necessary. I have almost four years of what Ive done, and Im perfectly content to run on whats transpired over the last three and a half years.
Mr. Armstrong encouraged anyone who has questions about his views or what hes done during his time as supervisor to speak with him directly.