Editor's Note: This article was written by Ivy Kirby, a student at the University of Vermont and a reporter for the Community News Service, a student-powered partnership with local community newspapers.
Darren Adams, a familiar face to the Milton selectboard, has hopes return to the board he served on for 10 years. In 2020, he lost his seat by just 35 votes to current member Brenda Steady.
Of Adams' decade on the board, he spent eight of them as chair. An airfield manager with the Vermont Air National Guard, Adams was is also a member of Milton Rescue.
On March 2, he is running for the one-year seat on the selectboard, against incumbent John Fitzgerald, Kumulia "Kase" Long and Lisa Rees.
Why are you running for the Milton selectboard?
Adams said he is running because he wants to help Milton navigate its post-pandemic future.
“We have to get out of the COVID pandemic and work together to get through this," he said. "We have to figure out whatever the new normal is.”
Adams is resilient in his belief that Milton is moving in the right direction and wants to help the towns stay the course.
What projects or issues do you hope the board will take on this year?
If elected, Adams said he wants to finish projects he started, such as working with Milton Rescue and building on the economic development of Milton.
As a member of Milton Rescue, on which he served in the mid-1990s and recently re-joined, Adams is committed to re-building the department.
Milton Rescue once had over 50 volunteers and worked closely with the Milton Fire and Milton Police Departments to provide outstanding care to Milton residents, he said. Adams believes being in cooperation with neighboring towns is the key to having a successful rescue department.