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Friday, October 24, 2014
Oceanside Fire District election set for Dec. 10
One commissioner’s seat in contention
Penny Frondelli/Herald
The Oceanside firehouse is under renovation, so this year

Oceanside residents will go to the polls on Dec. 10 to vote for a contended seat on the Oceanside Fire District Board of Commissioners.

The polls will be open from 3 to 9 p.m. at the Columbia Firehouse, at 26 Smith St.

Charlie Fortin, 63, who has held the position for five years, is hoping to retain his seat on the five-member board. His opponent is Michael Graham, 28.

“During my campaign for election in 2008 to this position, I stressed the fact that as an Oceanside resident, homeowner and taxpayer, I was aware of the fiscal challenges that many of my neighbors were facing,” said Fortin, a lifelong Oceanside resident who has three children and two grandchildren. “I promised fiscal prudence would be a top priority. I am proud to say that this challenge has been met head-on by me and my fellow commissioners. As a group, we remain vigilant, and have the record to prove it.”

He added, “During my five-year term in office, the Oceanside Fire District has purchased several new fire apparatus. Not only is this equipment state of the art, but was also purchased in an affordable manner, which benefits the taxpayers in Oceanside and keeps our dedicated firefighters’ safety as the most important priority. In the year 2012, our community was devastated by Superstorm Sandy. I could not be any prouder of the volunteer firefighters from our community who stayed on call for countless hours. We were able to accommodate the needs of many community members not only with the storm-related emergencies and the many calls for assistance, but also by using Fire Department facilities to allow residents a location to re-charge cell phones, a warm place to rest, and an information center that proved very helpful to many residents.”

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