School committee races taking shape, but still uncontested

by susan on March 20, 2012

The races for Southborough’s two school committees are starting to take shape, although at this point neither one is contested. There are two seats up for grabs on both the K-8 School Committee and the Northborough-Southborough Regional School Committee.

With control over a nearly $17M budget, the K-8 School Committee has been the focus of much attention – and some criticism – this year. Because they control such a large budget, some have argued a seat on the school committee is one of the most powerful in town.

Last week political newcomer Gerald Capra threw his hat in the ring when he pulled papers to run for a seat on the K-8 school committee. He collected signatures this weekend and officially filed his paperwork yesterday according to records from the Town Clerk. Incumbent Marybeth Strickland has also pulled papers, but has not yet filed.

On the regional side, two incumbents look to be running again. Kathleen Harragan, who is also a member of the K-8 School Committee, filed her election paperwork last week. Fellow incumbent Susan Dargan, who like Harragan also sits on the K-8 committee, pulled papers for the regional board yesterday. Dargan said earlier this year she would not run for reelection to the K-8 School Committee but was still considering a run for the regional committee.

The last day to pull papers is Friday. Potential candidates have until Monday to collect signatures and file with the Town Clerk.

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