Voters will have three strong-minded candidates to pick from in Aquinnah in a race for selectman to be decided May 14 in the annual town elections.
First-term incumbent and current chairman Camille Rose will face off against John Walsh and Roxanne Ackerman for the three-year term.
Mr. Walsh is currently a member of the town finance committee. Ms. Ackerman is Aquinnah’s representative on the Up-Island Regional School committee.
Regardless of the voting outcome, James Newman will succeed Ms. Rose as chairman of selectman. The board chairmanship rotates annually among the selectmen. April 9 was the deadline for filing nomination papers.
The May 14 elections will be held from noon to 7 p.m. at the old town hall. The annual town meeting is scheduled for May 13.
In five other uncontested races, Nancy Delaney seeks reelection as library trustee, and Ms. Rose and Peter Temple seek reelection to the planning board. Other incumbents running unopposed for three-year terms include Sarah Saltonstall for the board of health, Michael Stutz for the board of assessors and Carolyn Feltz for town clerk.
Ballot questions are being prepared on seven topics, including a proposed bylaw for permitting alternative wind energy devices, such as wind mills for homeowners, groups of homeowners and for larger municipal-sized wind towers.
The six other ballot questions include a vote on state-approved alcohol licensing which would allow the Outermost Inn and The Aquinnah Shop restaurants to serve beer and wine to diners. The legislation, passed by the state late in 2007, now returns to Aquinnah voters for a final decision on whether to allow such service
Voters also will be asked to vote to establish stabilization funds for capital equipment, for vehicles and for labor contingencies. The last fund would be designed to hire temporary help in the event of extended absence of town employees.
Two Proposition 2 1/2 debt exclusions also will be on the ballot. One is related to a planned addition to the firehouse. The other concerns payments on the nine years remaining on debt from the purchase of the Edwin De-Vries Vanderhoop Homestead.
A general non-binding resolution on the Iraq war also is on the ballot.