EASTHAM — Two candidates will compete for the open seat on the Board of Selectmen in the special town election on Tuesday, according to Town Clerk Susanne Fischer.

Candidates Linda Burt and Alexander Cestaro will be on the ballot for the seat vacated by John Knight, who recently moved to another town. The resignation was announced Sept. 17 at the Board of Selectmen's meeting.

In completing Knight’s term, the newly elected board member will serve about six months and until next year’s annual town election, Fischer said. The remaining selectmen decided to fill Knight's seat despite the vacancy being only six months, given that board members will be taking vacation and because the town charter calls for it, she said.

“They wanted to have a full board,” she said.

Voting for the special election is from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Eastham Town Hall at 2500 State Highway.

Biographical information for Cestaro from a previous campaign for selectmen is included below but he did not respond to requests from the Times for responses to additional questions.

Name: Linda Burt

Age: 63

Education: 1973 Graduate of Lakeland Regional High School, Wanaque, New Jersey, and courses at Cape Cod Community College

Employment: Head of maintenance at Eastham Elementary School since 1987

Political experience: Eastham Board of Selectman for 18 years; delegate to the Barnstable Assembly of Delegates for two terms prior to becoming a selectman

Other community service: Eastham, Areas of Critical Environmental Concern, Outer Cape groundwater modeling group; Eastham parent group; and Eastham Committee on Early Childhood

Why are you running?

I feel that my prior experience as a selectman and my skills at managing meetings and knowledge of budget and warrant preparation will be very helpful to the town. I have a great respect for John Knight who just recently had to vacate his seat on the board. I am a good candidate to fill the rest of his term.

What most motivates you?

The love that I have for Eastham and all the citizens that make up this great town. There are many families that struggle to survive here and are forced to move away. It is very important that we help them stay here and try to make it affordable for all.

What is the most pressing issue in your town and how would you address it?

The most pressing issue in our town is declining school enrollment and the need for affordable housing. Each year we are seeing more and more of our families leaving Eastham to find an affordable place to live. Local jobs become difficult to find here in the winter months when restaurants and small businesses close. The first way to address this issue is to support affordable housing and then we will have a larger community to support our businesses and schools.

How do you differ from the other candidate?

I have been working in the Eastham Elementary School for 32 years. During that time I have become very aware of the struggles and pressing issues that our children and families are facing and I’m very concerned about the future of our town. Because of my past years as a selectman, I have developed an open mind and the ability to really listen. I truly care about the needs of our citizens and am offering my help by serving them again.

Name: Alexander Cestaro

Age: 38 (as of earlier this year)

Education: Nauset Regional High School

Employment: former Arctic paratrooper; two tours in Afghanistan with Army National Guard; founder of Sullivan Fisheries, employing disabled veterans in fishing industry

Political experience: current Conservation Commission member

Other community service: helps disabled veterans find employment

— Follow Mary Ann Bragg on Twitter: @maryannbraggCCT.