It’s official: Tristan Israel is not running

Kristal and Gambino will faceoff to replace veteran selectman.

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Tisbury selectman Tristan Israel has made it official. His time as a selectman is coming to an end. — Gabrielle Mannino

Selectman Tristan Israel said we’d know by March 6 and, it’s official, his 24-year tenure as a Tisbury selectman will come to an end with this April’s town election.

Israel, 70, had been cagey about his future for months, saying he wasn’t ready to announce, but the “tea leaves,” as he likes to call them, were hinting at the end of the Israel era in town politics.

Jeff Kristal, owner of the Crocker House Inn and a one-time selectman, is facing off against Seth Gambino, owner of La Choza.

Nominations closed on Wednesday.

Angela Cywinski took out papers for selectman, but did not return them. Cywinski is seeking re-election to the board of assessors, but faces a challenge from David Dandridge. The board of assessors was the center of controversy when it revoked the tax-exempt status of the Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse.

Another political hot potato, the Martha’s Vineyard Land Bank, is also suddenly a hot spot for candidates. Lynne Fraker and Nancy Weaver have returned nomination papers to run against Nora Nevin for the Land Bank Commission.

Colleen McAndrews is not running for re-election to the Tisbury school committee. Michael Watts is the lone candidate for that position.