Voters love choices, and this year it looks they’ll have one in the race for selectman. Two candidates have pulled nomination papers to run for a seat on the board in May.
Ward Road resident Jeffrey Rosenberg and Blendon Woods resident Daniel Kolenda both pulled papers yesterday. The candidates have to return their papers with the required 44 signatures by March 21 for their names to show up on the ballot.
An Iraq war veteran and lawyer, Kolenda is currently serving on the Regional School Committee. He publicly endorsed John Rooney in last year’s election.
A political newcomer, Southborough businenessman Rosenberg told the Metrowest Daily News he had decided to run for the position even before Chairperson Bonnie Phaneuf unexpectedly pulled out of the race and resigned her seat on the board earlier this week.
Rosenberg owns Southborough-based Modulation Magic Inc., and with his wife Kelly runs Every Body Balance, a Pilates and yoga studio on Route 30.
In related news, View Hill Road resident Kathleen Bartolini has pulled nomination papers for a seat on the Planning Board. Incumbent Charles Gaffney, whose term on the Planning Board is up this year, has not said publicly if he will run again.
The last day for candidates to pull papers is March 18. Town elections will be held on May 9.
Note to the candidates: I plan to run a “meet the candidate” series again this year, giving all candidates an opportunity to post a personal statement on the blog. Contact me (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information. The series will start sometime in March or April.