4 square off for Farmington Town Board – MPNnow.com

4 square off for Farmington Town Board  MPNnow.com

Incumbents Nathan Bowerman and Ronald Herendeen face challengers Bryan Adams and James Campbell

FARMINGTON — Residents in Farmington will have choices on the ballot when they head to the polls on Election Day, Nov. 5.

Four people are vying for two seats on the Town Board.

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Newcomers Bryan D. Adams and James I. Campbell Jr. are running on the Democratic Party lines. They will challenge incumbent Town Councilmen Nathan E. Bowerman and Ronald L. Herendeen, who are running on the Republican, Conservative and Independence party lines.

Bryan Adams

A clinical assistant professor of marketing at Nazareth College, Adams has been a Farmington resident for five years.

“I’m running for office,” he said, “because I believe Farmington is growing rapidly and we need more communication, strategic planning, transparency on town development, representation from new voices, and quality-of-life considerations for all residents of Farmington.”

Adams has more than 15 years of professional experience in strategic marketing and communications in the education, healthcare, legal and manufacturing industries, with specialization in web development and digital marketing.

His community involvement includes support for the Farmington Community Swap Shop, South Farmington Friends Cemetery, Fireman’s Association Carnival, and coaching Little League baseball.

“I hope to bring my experience in business and community leadership to the table,” said Adams. “We need to balance business development with residential quality-of-life needs and concerns. I hope to bring my open and honest communication style to our Town Board meetings, and seek opportunities to get out around town and listen to our residents. I want to meet our town members and serve their needs on important issues. We may have different opinions, but I am always willing to talk it out and get to the right option.”

Nathan Bowerman

An Ontario County Sheriff’s Office investigator, Bowerman has been a Farmington resident for 34 years — his whole life.

His purpose in running again is to “continue working for the residents of Farmington to ensure that the town remains one of the best in the area to work, live and raise a family,” he said.

His background in public safety has been valuable in town planning and discussions, Bowerman said.

He’s dedicated his life and career to serving the residents of Farmington and Ontario County through his work as the school resource officer at his alma mater, Victor Central High School. Bowerman has also volunteered with the United Way and served on the committee for the annual golf tournament.

“I grew up on a farm and understand the issues that our farmers and landowners are facing,” said Bowerman. “I also understand the concerns that our other residents and homeowners have through my experiences at work, listening to my friends and neighbors and as a homeowner myself.”

Bowerman said he knows the importance of addressing the concerns of everyone in Farmington “to maintain our agricultural roots while also being open and welcoming to the incredible amount of new people moving here because they know what an amazing town we have.”

James Campbell

A software principal engineer and consultant and Farmington resident for four years, Campbell said he’s running for Town Board to offer a choice and better responsiveness to residents.

Campbell wants “to serve and represent the people of Farmington as a whole, and make sure that growth and development proceed in ways that are sensible for the health, well-being, and prosperity of our town,” he said. “We need a sustainable plan of growth, one that keeps Farmington clean, beautiful and livable, which does not come with the first-come, first-served acceptance of every new business establishment that returns immediate tax revenue with the cost of more traffic, new layers of asphalt, and strains on our infrastructure.”

A volunteer with the Victor-Farmington Food Cupboard, Campbell has also volunteered at the Farmington Volunteer Firemen’s Association Carnival at Pumpkin Hook. His special skills, he said, include communication, information technology, knowledge of government, wisdom and youthful energy and optimism.

“I will work with the town government, not against it, but will maintain the priority of ongoing improvement, which means not being bound to the status quo,” said Campbell. “I firmly believe that no elected leader can answer their true duties unless they listen more than they speak. My convictions are solid, but I am energized when meeting with people who do not readily agree with me. I will be available to all people of the town, no matter how they think, believe or vote. I believe my ideas and advocacy will maintain that balance, for now and the future.”

Ronald Herendeen

A retired farmer and retired master mechanic for Farmington-based American Equipment, Herendeen is a lifelong resident and graduate of Victor Central School.

“I am running because I want to give back to the community and continue to preserve the history of the town of Farmington,” he said. “I use my knowledge of the construction trades and farming as a member of the Public Works Committee, and as the councilman working with the highway superintendent and engineers designing the new town fueling station.”

Herendeen was part of the team responsible for developing the current Farmland Protection Plan. He also served as a Zoning Board of Appeals member for two years, as a Planning Board member for 13 years and currently as a Town Board member for four years.

He’s a former member of the Farmington Volunteer Fire Association and served as a lieutenant for four years.

Currently the vice president of the South Farmington Friends Cemetery Foundation and trustee for the South Farmington Cemetery Association, Herendeen is a member of the Farmington Chamber of Commerce.

“I am a good listener and I use my lifelong experiences to solve issues relating to town operations,” he said.