Among the vendors were the three township committee candidates running their campaigns: Republican Incumbent Sam Davis, whose seat is up for re-election, Democrat and resident Shreekant Dohpte, and running as an Independent is current Board of Education President Jignesh Shah. WBNC News was able to interview the candidates about their campaign.
Dohpte was the first to be approached, who was also seen with Jackie Halaw, who is running unopposed for the available Chesterfield Board Of Education seat. When asked why he decided to run, it was because of transparency, tax stabilization, and keeping the community together.
“We have so many different, diverse populations over here who are actively participating in the system and I need to make sure that all of them come together, and I want them to participate. Unless you come together and participate, we can’t make a change. So, I want to make a change, and I want everybody to be allowed to make a change.”
Dhopte also feels very positive about his campaign, when asked if he feels he can take Davis’ seat, stating, “I’m trying to run a campaign with all the positives, I don’t believe in any negative campaigning. So, I’m doing the best I can, and I wish [Davis] all the best.” If elected, he wants three main issues to be resolved, “bring greater transparency… Be fiscally responsible..to get more working people involved, whether it’s setting up the agricultural rights loophole, a budget advisory committee.”
“It’s easy to be on this side of the table and talk about many things when you don’t have the facts. If I’m elected, I want to look at what’s going on at the township level and see what’s feasible to continue, or that’s what we can do. That’s going to be my approach.”
Chesterfield Board of Education Board Member Laura Bond chose not to run for re-election to the local school board, rather running as a write-in candidate as the Chesterfield Representative on the Northern Burlington Board of Education.
WBNC News will be live on Election Night, Tuesday, November 6th, reporting the results of the local and state-wide races.