On the proposed bed tax, Mole said she would need to “hear from my Bovina bed-and-breakfast owners” before making a decision.
“I’m currently seeking funding to paint the outside of town hall and to renovate the community water system,” Molé added.
Independent candidate Beatriz F. Sohni, proprieter of Russell’s General Store, said she feels she can be a voice for the people.
“I moved to Bovina three and half years ago and can’t afford a home because the taxes are high,” said Sohni. “I believe something can be worked out to bring equity to the situation.”
“The bed tax is a new topic,” said Sohni. “I kind of agree, especially if the funds go for more advertising to attract tourist. We need more tourists.”
Both candidates spoke in favor of the proposed Belleayre expansion, and against fracking.
Davenport Town Supervisor Dennis Valente, a Democrat, advocates for economic and infrastructure development at the town and county levels.
“Electricity is an issue,” said Valente. “There are a few businesses that need to make their own electricity and we need to work together to remove that impediment. Electricity should be readily available.”
Valente called the Constitution Pipeline a “double-edged sword,” noting that the pipeline would run through the town without offering natural gas service to residents.
“We strive to be a part of the process that can bring benefit to our area,” Valente said, noting that he has held public meetings for residents on the subject.
Valente noted that he serves on the county watershed committee “because it does affect the whole county,” adding, “I’ve noticed a turn for the better in our relationship with the city.”
On the proposed bed tax, Valente said he is “inclined to oppose” it, adding, “It’s difficult to believe we can tax ourselves into prosperity.”