Stuart Delaplaine is running for the position of Town of Westfield Super-visor.
He was born in Miami, Fla., on Oct. 3, 1944. He graduated from Hillcrest High School in Sumter, S.C., and spent four years in the U.S. Navy. He graduated from the University of South Florida with a bachelor's degree in education. He went into the restaurant business management in 1972, then on to being self employed in the restaurant business since 1975.
Delaplaine owned and operated the Barcelona Harbor House from 1982 until 2007. He is a past board member of the NYS Restaurant Association, Western Chapter. He currently serves as Treasurer of St. Peter's Episcopal Church and as president of Chautauqua County Corvette Club (a not for profit club). He and his wife Martha have been married for 30 years this April and have one daughter, Bailey, who lives in Rochester.
"Taking on the position of Town Supervisor won't be easy and I do understand that there will be a lot of challenges. I feel however, that these challenges can be dealt with through working together as a board to retain the trust of the citizens by making decisions that best represent the people who have elected us. Westfield is a great place to live and I aspire to enhance the attraction this town has as Westfield continues to grow and move in a good direction," said Delaplaine.
"I am the type of person that wants results in a reasonable length of time, not an open ended structure with no deadline. I strongly feel that as a board member I not only need to be fiscally responsible to the taxpayers of Westfield, I also will do my best to offer a clear vision, and be able to defend with absolute reasons why certain monies are spent," he continued.
Delaplaine said, if elected, he will put forth 100 percent in representing the citizens of Westfield. "I will have a very open and transparent working relationship with everyone. All my decisions and suggestions will be made on behalf of the citizens and I will not make a decision only because 'I like it.' I will make decisions for you, not me."
Delaplaine noted it has been said that the town of Westfield and its lake shore are a diamond in the rough. "I think it is finally time to unearth, polish and put that diamond on display for everyone to enjoy. There are a number of ways to bring that diamond out and into sight, but it can only be done with vision, work, respect, trust and responsibility. Vision does not come from only one or two people, it comes from everyone. By truly listening to people, we as a board should be able to learn what they think, what they want. I do not see why from there we cannot put that thinking together, digest the ideas and wants and come up with a reasonable plan to implement the best ones. Making the right decisions at the beginning, having everyone on board with the vision, then truly following up on that vision will make this diamond called Westfield shine."
Delaplaine continued, "As we all know, Westfield is a great place to live, and we need to make sure we keep it that way and even make it better. I am proud of Westfield and I take on this challenge with the same pride. I hope that I can be a part of making everyone feel that pride. I want visitors to go home and tell everyone what a great town they just saw. I want us to have bragging rights. Thank you for this opportunity to serve."
Delaplaine has set up an email address, firstname.lastname@example.org, where anyone can send him a message and he will get an answer back as quick as he can. "Again, I would like to thank everyone for believing in me and supporting me," he concluded.