Yacovone-Biagi looks to fill vacant Selectboard seat in Shelburne

TRICIA YACOVONE-BIAGI

TRICIA YACOVONE-BIAGI

By DIANE BRONCACCIO

For the Recorder

Published: 05-14-2024 5:51 PM

Modified: 05-15-2024 6:31 PM


SHELBURNE — Although there are no contested races on the ballot for the annual town election on Tuesday, May 21, voters will usher in a new Selectboard member.

Polls will be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Cowell Gymnasium, 51 Maple St. In-person early voting can also be done on Thursday, May 16, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Town Hall, 51 Bridge St.

Planning Board member Tricia Yacovone-Biagi is running for a one-year term on the Selectboard in hopes of filling a vacancy left following the death of longtime Selectboard member Robert “Bob” Manners earlier this year.

A Shelburne resident since 2018, Yacovone-Biagi has a background in public health. While working for the Texas state health department, Yacovone-Biagi volunteered as an emergency responder during Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Now retired, she has since earned a master’s degree in security and resilience studies from Northeastern University.

As a Shelburne resident, Yacovone-Biagi was a member of the COVID-19 Emergency Task Force and a volunteer at flu clinics. She was an election worker in 2020 and, while on the Planning Board, she obtained a $36,000 Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness (MVP) grant to help the town assess its strengths and liabilities during catastrophic weather. She also helped the town obtain a $15,000 Municipal Energy Technical Assistance grant for the Cowell Gymnasium and Memorial Hall, and is an editor of the Buckland-Shelburne newsletter, Two Town News.

“I believe I bring strong leadership skills,” she said. “I’ve had a lot of experience working with different types of people. I have a capacity for building bridges.”

The ballot is as follows:

■Selectboard, three-year term — Andrew Baker, incumbent

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■Selectboard, one-year unexpired term — Tricia Yacovone-Biagi.

■Assessor, three-year term — Joel Dwight, incumbent.

■Town clerk, one-year term — Joseph Judd, incumbent.

■Moderator, one-year term — Roland Giguere, incumbent.

■Shelburne Free Public Library trustee, one-year unexpired term — Tom Webler.

■Shelburne Free Public Library Trustees, two seats with three-year terms — Tom Hale and Emmalee Cross, incumbents.

■Planning Board, five-year term — Vacant.

■Recreation Committee, five-year term — Norman Beebe, incumbent.

■Recreation Committee, four-year unexpired term — Vacant.

■Tree warden, one-year term — James T. Richardson, incumbent.

■Constable, three-year term — Laura Manners, incumbent.