Former Selectman David Parry pulled papers on Friday to run in the coming Board of Selectmen election. He will be up against four other candidates for the 2 seats with a 3 year term.
Parry reported an incident over the weekend that he believes may have been an attempt to sabotage his run.
Friday was the last day for pulling the official papers that must be filed with 44 registered voter signatures. Over the weekend, Parry was collecting signatures when someone apparently took a set of his signed official papers.
According to Parry, he spent 4 hours collecting 180 signatures at the Transfer Station. He then “very briefly” left the table to speak to friends inside the swap shop shed and returned to discover the clipboards, signed papers and pens gone.
Fortunately, he had additional sets of original papers that he had left for signatures at other establishments. He rushed to retrieve them and return to the Transfer Station to collect more signatures before closing. He writes that he was able to get enough signatures, but is upset to have lost the contact information for those 180 potential supporters.
Parry is hoping that security video at the DPW will reveal who was responsible. He has publicly emailed a request to Karen Galligan, DPW Director, to hold the video and allow him to look at it on Wednesday.
The candidate indicated he would wait to see what the video reveals before deciding whether to involve police or pursue violations of election law.
As of this morning, DPW staff hasn’t had a chance to review the video to see if the incident was captured.
Galligan said that staff is in training today, but she hopes someone can retrieve the file this afternoon. She doesn’t know if the table was in view of the camera. She also wants to check in with the Town Administrator on the policy for allowing the public to view it.
This isn’t Parry’s first experience with election shenanigans. According to the former selectman, when he was running in 1995, all his signs disappeared from lawns in the middle of the night. Two weeks later, they were discovered by Northborough police along an industrial roadside.
In a possibly unrelated incident, Parry reports that he and supporters were also victims of a verbal assault on Saturday. Two hours before his papers disappeared, a unfamiliar man:
strode by screaming loudly at a whole group of us standing there, at the [Transfer Station] a stream of loud, vulgar obscenities
He says the man returned at 5:00 pm, but took off after Parry told him he was on “Candid Camera”.
Parry is the citizen behind the citizen’s petition Warrant Article to appoint and fund a committee to review the Main Street reconstruction project. He has been the most publicly vocal face of the movement.
The deadline for filing nomination papers is 5:00 pm today. So, look for an update from me tomorrow on who’s in the running for the May election.