Sokol elected as Rowe selectman



Recorder Staff
Sunday, September 10, 2017

ROWE — Chuck Sokol is the town’s newest Selectboard member, having won Saturday’s election 85-47 over candidate Michael Phillips.

Sokol will serve an eight-month unexpired term until the annual town election in May 2018.

Sokol, a system design engineer at Valley Communications System Inc., moved to Rowe in 2014 with his wife, Meredith. This spring, Sokol was elected to a three-year term on the town’s Finance Committee.

In an email, Sokol said he sees the Selectboard seat “to be one of business and not politics.”

“My vision for any elected town office … is (it) should be filled with the intent of serving the interests and needs of the community,” Sokol said. “I believe it is my duty to listen to the many views and concerns of those who live around me, and consider those needs and desires when weighing the options with which I am presented. My view is only one among many, and I feel it is my responsibility to focus on the needs of the community over my own desires.”

According to Town Clerk Kathy Sprague, 133 of Rowe’s 278 registered voters cast a vote in the election, making for a 48 percent voter turnout.