Despite the criticism of his fellow Republican councilmen, Councilman Tony Metivier pulled off a win for the Republican line in Tuesday’s primary.
He received 200 votes, in unofficial results. Endorsed Republican and political newcomer Hal Bain received 95 votes, in unofficial results, for the Ward 1 Town Board seat.
Metivier was cross-endorsed by the Democrats after the Republicans decided not to endorse him.
Experience won out, said some voters. Metivier was on the Planning Board and has been on the Town Board since 2008.
“Hal Bain’s a nice guy, but he has no political experience,” said voter Marylee Gostine. “Sometimes, when they don’t have the experience, they tend to vote with other people because they’re unsure.”
Bain, 72, had never tried for political office before, and an illness kept him from campaigning for part of the summer. He is also an organic farmer and runs a market stand, which keeps him busy. Still, he got support, particularly from those who liked his opposition to the airport expansion.
“We don’t want the airport expansion,” said voter Jackie Hersch. “It’s our money. And after the government money is gone, who’s going to maintain that runway? You and I.”
Metivier was clearly angry with some Republican party officials who tried to keep him from re-election by not endorsing him.
On Monday night, he and Republican Councilman Brian Clements sparred over how Metivier described an important piece of legislation that he wants to get passed.
Clements noted that the legislation was proposed by local environmentalists, not Metivier. (Metivier had also been careful to say he could only take credit for trying to push the legislation through on the board.)
But Clements said his comments were “a little self-serving.”
Metivier snapped back, “If we could get a law passed before you guys boot me out of office, Brian, all right, I’ll call it ‘our’ greatest accomplishment.”