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Past incumbents opt out

Stephen Lloyd Wood

Farrow Hitt’s entry into the fray adds a whole new dimension to the upcoming special election.Up until this week, in fact, the campaign for Kurz’s seat has been a chess game of sorts in which Bill Jewitt, an incumbent who was not re-elected in November, was considered the favorite – if he ran.Preferring first to sit back and see who else would enter the race, Jewitt waited until this week to announce he would not run. He just wasn’t ready to launch another campaign so soon after the last one, he said.”Running constantly for four straight months doesn’t seem like a good thing in a small town,” he said Thursday. “I’m just glad we’ve now got some good candidates.”Jewitt, a co-owner of Bart & Yeti’s bar and restaurant in Lionshead, said he’ll continue to be involved with town government as a member of the Lionshead Task Force.”I do want to thank all the people who have supported me and encouraged me to run again,” Jewitt added. “It’s really neat that so many people care so much about this town.”Another unsuccessful candidate in November, newcomer Paul Rondeau, also was expected to try again, depending on who else expressed interest. With Jewitt out and Hitt in, Rondeau said, he also has decided to step aside.