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Shepard will not seek reelection

By Christine Simmonds | Apr 01, 2021
Courtesy of: John Shepard Union Board of Selectmen Chair John Shepard outside his home.

Union — After serving six years in the Union Board of Selectmen, current chair John Shepard has decided to not run again for the position.

Shepard said he knew when he was originally elected that he would only seek two terms of three years. “I do believe in self-imposed limits,” Shepard said. “I think it’s healthy to allow new people to take a turn and contribute whatever they may have to offer.”

Shepard described his experience with the town as a rewarding learning experience. He was proud to have been elected, and added that he hopes he contributed something positive to the town.

Working with Town Manager Jay Feyler, the town office staff and other town employees has been a pleasure, Shepard said. “They are all excellent people.”

Shepard is the owner and operator of Shep’s Imports garage in Union, and also serves as president of the Tri County Solid Waste Management Board, in addition to other volunteer work in town.

“I have realized that I need to balance commitments in my life,” Shepard said.

Though Shepard never aspired to be the board chair, he was voted into the position following the July 2020 election, when two new members joined the board. “I was the ‘old guy’ who had the most board experience,” he said.

He felt his disposition was the right one to help the board move forward with new members.

Shepard said he thinks the board is currently on a good track with a lot of enthusiasm for moving forward and working to improve things in the town. He pointed to the broadband committee and the food ordinance committee as examples of this.

The broadband committee is currently working with internet providers to find ways to improve internet within Union.

The food ordinance committee recently submitted of the ordinance to the town lawyer for review. The board will then decide if the ordinance will go before voters at the town meeting as a warrant item. This ordinance will allow Union residents to produce and sell foods produced at their homes without being subject to state regulations.

Shepard said he is excited about what is happening in Union these days. He described Union as a dynamic town ready to adapt and embrace changes.

“I’m pleased I was able to be part of this the last few years,” he added.

The deadline for filing nomination papers with the town office is April 9.

In addition to Fuller’s position on the board, two more positions are available in town. Adam Fuller is up for reelection to the board of selectmen, and Matthew Speno is up for reelection for the Regional School Unit 40 Board of Directors.

The town election will be held Tuesday, June 8 by paper ballot. Polls will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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Comments (1)
Posted by: Gregory S Grotton | Apr 01, 2021 08:51

I'm sorry to see that John has decided not to run again, he has done an outstanding job as chair of the Select Board and will surely be missed. I personally want to thank you John for all you have done with and for me and mostly for the citizens of one of the greatest towns around...Union Proud!


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