Marcello Iaia

BERNE — Having spent nearly his entire life in Berne, Philip Stevens says the town hasn’t been tough enough on its untidy properties.

BERNE — Two years after he began as an alternate member of the Berne Zoning Board, Richard Otto has identified what he sees as overly restrictive regulations for the town’s land. It wasn’t until the outpouring of people against the state’s gun-control legislation that Otto was encouraged to run for a board seat for the first time.

BERNE — Wayne Emory grew up in rural Fort Plain and wanted to live in the similar environment of Berne, holding a job for more than 30 years as a graphic artist with the state lottery.

BERNE — With her children grown up, Melanie Bunzey wants a new way to connect with people in the town. The Democrat is running for a four-year assessor position.

BERNE — After 10 years as an appraiser, Republican Walter Scram wants to add assessments to his work of evaluating properties.

BERNE —  Democrat Scott Duncan, coming from the larger-scale Albany County Department of Public Works, wants to work closer to home, closer to Berne residents, at the helm of the town highway department.

BERNE — Berne was a summer home before it was permanent for Kenneth Weaver, a town employee for over three decades and its current highway superintendent. Weaver, a Democrat, has enrolled as a Republican and won Republican backing in the upcoming race for another four years.

BERNE — Ian Conners spent 20 years in Vermont, as an operations manager at two ski areas, and running a contracting business, before returning to the town where he was raised. He’s running for tax collector on the Republican line.

BERNE —  Gerald O’Malley is seeking four more years as the town’s tax collector, now in his 22nd consecutive year in the post.

BERNE — Thirty years ago, Democrat Alan Zuk was a town justice, before he was the town’s supervisor for several terms and before he was appointed to the position in April this year. He will now face an election to keep the post.

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