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Candidate Profile: Alan Elton

A look at the candidate running for Port Washington Water District commissioner.

Patch asked each candidate on the ballot in the election for Port Washington Water District commissioner the following: Why are you running for water commissioner? What do you see as the issues that need addressing?
What makes you uniquely qualified for the position? What would be your top priority as water commissioner? Here is Alan Elton's response:

In response to the four questions asked by the Patch.

I, Alan Elton, am running for Water Commissioner here in Port Washington to bring an independent, fresh view to the position.  I do not have an outside work relationship with the other P.W. Water Commissioners, something Ms. Germain and Mr. Brackett cannot say. I find this very troubling, and don’t believe that they should have put themselves in this situation.

The District needs to remain on top of water quality, while keeping costs in check. The increasing outside pressures on the aquifer to supply growing demand as well as the proposed increase in housing development in the District will be a cause for review.  The complaint I have heard most often while campaigning concerns back flow devises and their inspection.  People also question the quality of their drinking water. I would like to address these issues upon being elected.

I am uniquely qualified to be a P.W.W.D. Commissioner because of my 23 years as a successful remodeling contractor here in Port. From project management, writing and reviewing contracts, and working with other local contractors, I have acquired an unmatched level of expertise and knowledge that will be seamlessly applied while working with the two other commissioners.

The top priority of a Commissioner should be the quality of our water today and for tomorrow while containing the costs of bringing clean water to you while protecting the supply that our aquifer provides.

Editor's note: Special district elections in Port Washington take place Tuesday from 12-9 p.m. at the Polish American Cultural Association.

Donna Rice December 10, 2012 at 03:27 PM
Please remember to vote for TWO commissioners this year. There is a special election for the replacement of our long time commissioner, Thomas Murray, who retired last year. Please vote for BOTH Alan Elton and Dennis Swiacki. They both have my complete support!
Andrew December 10, 2012 at 03:43 PM
It is a shame that Mr. Elton's motivation to run for water commissioner is his disagreement with David and Mindy's zoning work with Residents for a More Beautiful Port Washington. The health, safety and efficiency of our water supply should not be put at risk by his disagreement with their position on commercial and residential zoning. It is possible I am reading his motivation incorrectly. In which case I invite him to explain what he means by "I do not have an outside work relationship with the other P.W. Water Commissioners, something Ms. Germain and Mr. Brackett cannot say. I find this very troubling, and don’t believe that they should have put themselves in this situation."
Local Resident December 10, 2012 at 04:52 PM
It's also a shame that the Brackett / Germain ticket is so connected at the hip. There should be independence amongst candidates with no obvious conflicts of interests. There are three water commissioners and for two to be so "connected" is not good for any public office.
Mary December 10, 2012 at 04:55 PM
Are you sure your name is Andrew and not David Brackett?? No More Mindy!!!!
Donna Rice December 10, 2012 at 05:19 PM
I am uncomfortable having TWO commissioners BOTH involved with RFMBPW as water commissioners. Mr. Brackett is the treasurer and he is in charge of Mindy Germains paycheck. Questionable at best.
Andrew December 10, 2012 at 11:23 PM
Reject Andrew 6:22 pm on Monday, December 10, 2012 Hi Donna, I am not David Brackett. It seems to me from the comments above that you are confirming Mr. Elton's motivation is connected to his disagreements with what Residents is advocating with regard to zoning on Main street. it seems like a childish extension of the dispute if that is the case. Again, it would be great if Mr. Elton could clarify this. With respect to the Residents organization, I am not a member and do not support many of their positions. Still, that has nothing to do with the water and it would not effect my vote.
portsince1966 December 11, 2012 at 01:28 PM
I am voting for Brackett and Germain! Mindy Germain's integrity is indisputable! we are lucky as a community to have had them both be part of Residents for a more beautiful port washington... a volunteer organization. what have the other 2 candidates done for our community?
Local Resident December 11, 2012 at 01:40 PM
Yes, a volunteer organization that has paid positions...has accepted money from the ToNH for the rezoning project...and who stands in line to be the local sponsor for any state and federal grants administered. To suggest that RFMBPW is purely a volunteer organization without special interests is absurd...and to think that RFMBPW does not stand to gain from the rezoning of Main Street is equally absurd. Vote for who you think is the best candidate. But be clear on where the RFMBPW stands. It stopped being purely an organization for the community a long time ago and has since evolved into a group that has special interests. Otherwise, why do they continue to push for rezoning? There is a large group of "r"esidents that oppose the rezoning proposal but support 100% the beautification efforts. If they are indeed a civic group why are they not considering the opposition to the plan?
Local Resident December 11, 2012 at 02:00 PM
Most importantly, it is hard to imagine that two candidates who are so intertwined in their "professional" and "volunteer" lives could be good for any community, especially as elected representatives. This would be true in at any time, in any town, and in any election. To have 2 out of 3 commissioners so connected to each other is not good for and does not benefit the residents of Port Washington. There should be significant independence amongst the candidates and here there is none.

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