Who’ll get smoked in fire board race? | PostIndependent.com

Who’ll get smoked in fire board race?

With six candidates running for three open seats on the Carbondale & Rural Fire Protection District board, is it poor taste to say the election will be “hotly contested?”Which challenger will be first to say, “It’s time someone lit a match under those guys.”Will there be any campaign rumors to extinguish?Which candidate will “sound the alarm” over the situation they find most alarming, and which issue is most likely to ignite voter interest?Are some platforms more watered down than others?Will an incumbent opt to go down in a blaze of glory?Chances are none of those scenarios will develop. But the fact remains, there are six candidates for three seats, so there will be an election.The incumbents are Kevin Keegan, Eugene K. Schilling and Michael R. Kennedy. Keegan and Kennedy are current fire district volunteers, while Schilling, Carbondale’s police chief, recently retired.The challengers are Tamar Mattorano, Malcolm R. Smith and Carol K. Farris. Of the three, Mattorano is the only fire district volunteer.The election is from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 7. The polling places are the Carbondale Fire Station and the Redstone Fire Station.Absentee ballots are available at the Carbondale Fire Station, and must be returned by 5 p.m., May 3.Electors must be registered to vote. Electors who own taxable property inside the Carbondale & Rural Fire Protection District can vote, regardless of their residency.

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