This article by Tiffany Tan originally appeared Jan. 30 in the Bennington Banner.
SUNDERLAND — For the first time in at least 28 years, Sunderland has no select board candidates in the upcoming elections. And three of the board seats will then be vacant.
The Select Board can’t meet with only two of five members, meaning the town won’t be able to fulfill important functions like pay vendors, apply for grants from the state or federal government and resolve issues brought by residents, town officials said.
“The town basically comes to a halt,” said Rose Keough, Sunderland’s town clerk and treasurer. It’s the first time since she became town clerk in 1991 that nobody is running for a Select Board seat, Keough said.
Mark Hyde, the current select board chairman, said he hoped some candidates would come forward after the town put up announcements online and sent feelers to residents.
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