More incumbents pull papers for re-election

Yesterday I shared the news that Selectman John Rooney has decided to run for a second term, but he’s not the only incumbent who hopes to continue serving the town.

Daniel Kolenda has another year on his term on the Board of Selectmen, but he also sits on the Northborough-southborough Regional School Committee, and is up for re-election this year. Kolenda pulled his nomination papers at the Town Clerk’s office last week.

Earlier this week Planning Board member Andrew Mills also pulled papers. Mills was elected to the board last May to a 1-year term. This yeaar he’ll be running for a 5-year term.

Keep in mind that just because somone pulls nomination papers doesn’t mean they will definitely run, but it’s an indication they are considering it. For their name to appear on the ballot, the candidates will need to collect signatures of registered voters and have their paperwork reviewed and certified by the Town Clerk by March 25.

While Kolenda and Mills have indicated they may run again, other inccumbents in key positions have made no such moves. On the Southborough K-8 School committee, member Deborah Keefe is up for re-election this year. As of yesterday, Keefe had not pulled nomination papers. She has until March 22 to do so.

Among others, Town moderator David Combs, Board of Health member Mary Lou Woodford, and Board of Assessors member Shirley Bator, who are all up for re-election this year, have yet to pull papers at this relatively early stage of the game.

In announcing his run for re-election yesterday, Selectman Rooney encouraged others to join the race. “The town is always the beneficiary of discourse and debate, and an uncontested election deprives us of that objective and is never healthy,” Rooney said.

Are you thinking about throwing your hat in the ring for an elected office this year? Here’s more information on how to do it.

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