“Pelham’s Mayor race is on” — Tribune

By Allan Benner, The Tribune

MayorDave2012-brownjacketPelham Mayor Dave Augustyn is defending his job against two local political newcomers — Mark Bay and Zachary Junkin.

But Augustyn’s competitors are confident it’s time for a change.

Father and son team Zachary and Marvin Junkin chose to get involved in the election this year, running for mayor and Ward 1 respectively, concerned about increasing development in town.

“We just feel that perhaps the development of the town has reached the saturation point as far as houses being built and subdivisions and traffic. … We thought if there’s people out there feeling the same way we do that enough is enough and it’s time to put an end to or at least slow down the development taking place,” he said. “We thought we would be able to provide an alternative if there is a segment of the population out there that’s interested in change.”

And Bay, a volunteer firefighter and electrical contractor, said “town hall needs cleaning up.”

“I think we need someone who is a little more aggressive for lack of a better word,” he said. “If you have a construction background you kind of see what’s being done right and what should be done better.”

But Augustyn said his work during the past eight years should help convince voters to reelect him.

“I think this campaign is about leadership and in my case, proven leadership,” Augustyn said. “We’ve produced some significant results under my service as mayor over the last eight years and I believe I have shown people I have the vision the commitment and the experience to continue to work together with them to move the community forward.”


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