WADDINGTON – Council member Robert Dalton will not seek re-election in November. Instead, he will running for a new position - Highway Superintendent.
Mr. Dalton, who has served one term on the town council, says it was time for a change.
When opportunities present themselves, you either take that opportunity or you dont, Mr. Dalton said.
If elected, Mr. Dalton would replace current Highway Superintendent Terry Mayette. Mr. Mayette will retire this November.
Mr. Dalton has over 20 years of experience managing employees and budgets in various construction and trucking companies. He also owns a business, HardscrabbleMetal, 682 Hardscrabble Rd.
At one time I had six mechanics working under me as a service manager at Wastestream, Mr. Dalton said. My goal will always be to find ways to increase efficiency and value the employees. Employees are a big asset and its important to use them to the best of your efficiencies.
Mr. Dalton will be running on the Democratic ticket against Republican David Putney, a fellow council member.
I believe my experiences will be a benefit to the job - be it working with and repairing equipment trucks or snow removal, Mr. Dalton said. I enjoy working for the town and I believe its a good fit for me and the community.
Mr. Dalton, a lifelong resident of Waddington, comes from a family of dairy farmers. Although he no longer works on the farm, he has retained the values he learned there.
A good work ethic comes natural to farmers, he said.
Mr. Dalton has also been a member of the Waddington Methodist Church for 18 years and the Waddington Masonic Lodge for six years.
Both my wife and I do a lot of volunteer work in and around the community, Mr. Dalton said. We like the direction the town is going in, and want to do what we can to keep it moving forward. I hope people will come out, vote and support our efforts.