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Alexandria Town Council seeks to fill open seat

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A special meeting will be held next week to fill an opening in the Alexandria Town Council, following the resignation of councilman Alcid E. Beaudin Jr.

Mr. Beaudin, a 26-year member of the council, retired at the end of 2013, and his resignation was formally acknowledged at the council’s meeting on Jan. 8.

“We were sorry to see him leave,” said town Supervisor Dale D. Hunneyman. “He was a good board member for us.”

The outgoing council member said he was planning on leaving the area for a few months, which ultimately led to his decision to step down.

“I think it’s time for new blood in there,” Mr. Beaudin said.

Mr. Beaudin said he would miss his fellow council members and the chance to get input from town residents.

Among the highlights Mr. Beaudin remembered from his years in office were the work on the town’s office building and the expansion of water availability on Route 12.

Despite leaving the council, Mr. Beaudin said he would continue to live in the town and run his business, Beaudin’s Auto Services.

Letters of interest from people interested in the seat will be accepted until Tuesday. The special meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the town office for the council to select Mr. Beaudin’s replacement.

Mr. Hunneyman said he had already heard interest from the town’s Democratic Committee to have Thomas Petrie replace Mr. Beaudin, also a Democrat, and that the town’s Republican Committee is nominating Ronald Thompson for the position. Mr. Beaudin said he did not plan on making any endorsements for his replacement.

Whoever takes over the position will not have it for long. After the selection, the position will be up for a special election in November to see who will close out the term.

However, with Mr. Beaudin’s term running until the end of 2015, the seat will be up for election again next year as well.

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