Burr to challenge Hoffer for Marion select board seat

Mar 1, 2022

MARION — Voters will have a choice when filling the open seat on the Marion select board.

Carleton Burr Jr of Marion stated that he intends to run in the May election.

The seat will be vacated by current select board member John Waterman, who stated that he does not intend to run for re-election. “I decided it’s time to move on,” Waterman has said.

Shortly after, Edward Hoffer, the Board of Health chair, announced his intent to run for the open seat. 

Burr, who is also known as “Toby,’’ listed the rising cost of living as his primary concern. “Prices are going up, and I would like to see that stop,” he said, mentioning property taxes and water and sewer fees. “I want to work to level them off or even see them go down.” 

Burr has been a Marion resident since 1984 and worked for his family business, Burr Brothers Boats, which has been around since 1954. He is now semi-retired as his son has taken over much of the responsibility for the business. 

Burr was part of the team that founded the Marion Business Community Association and served on the Stewards of Community Open Space board.

About running for the Selectboard, Burr said, “This is something I’ve thought about doing for 20 years, and I’ve finally found the time to do it.”

The last day for Marion candidates to file nomination papers is April 4. The final day for voter registration is April 19, and Town Meeting will be held on May 9. Town Election is May 13.