Papers are now in and the deadline to file has passed. It looks like* there will be three races for elected seats in Southborough’s Town government this May. One is a doozy!
The Town Clerk, Jim Hegarty is running for re-election. He faces opposition from former Selectman Bill Boland. (He is also running unopposed for re-election to the Board of Commissioners of Trust Funds.)
Town Moderator, Stephen Morreale won’t be running for re-election. Instead, current Selectman (and former Planning Board member) Paul Cimino is running unopposed. Cimino’s term ends this May and he opted to run for Moderator rather than re-election. That puts his current seat up for grabs. And there are several hands grabbing.
It may be the most contested race for selectmen in Southborough’s history. (If not, it still must be one of the two largest.)
Including the other incumbent (Dan Kolenda), seven candidates are vying for the two seats on the board. All of them have extensive experience in Southborough government:
- Lisa Braccio – Chair of the Open Space Preservation Commission
- Joseph Hubley – Chair of Historical Commission, former Town firefighter
- Dan Kolenda – Current selectman (and former Chair), member of the Northborough-Southborough Regional School Committee
- David Parry – Former Selectman
- Jesse Stein – Member of Planning Board, Vice Chair of Southborough Housing Opportunity Partnership Committee
- Sam Stivers – Advisory Committee member, former Chair of Zoning Board of Appeals
- John Wood – Advisory Committee member (and former Chair), designated member of Public Safety Study Committee
(Those are just the positions I know about! Some of them may have served on additional boards/committees in the past.)
Back in 2013, voters expanded the board from three positions to five. At the time the decision was made, many publicly worried there wouldn’t be enough candidates interested to fill the seats.
The first effected election of 2014 split the contest into two races, by term length of the seat. Five candidates ran for two seats with 3 year terms and another three ran for one 2 year term seat.
The following year, three candidates ran for one seat. This year, all seven candidates will run against each other.
Candidates in contested races are invited by the Trustees of the Southborough Library to participate in the annual Candidates Night. It’s an opportunity for them to give brief speeches and answer questions.
The evening is scheduled for May 4th. I’ll share more details on that later. (And don’t forget to mark time on your calendar to vote on May 9th.)
Each contested candidate is also welcome to submit one letter to the editor to make their case to My Southborough readers.
Finally, here is who is running uncontested this year:
Board of Assessors – vote for one – 3 year term
Thomas J. Beaumont, 49 Flagg Road (candidate for re-election)
Board of Commissioners of Trust Funds – vote for one – 3 year term
William J. Boland, 35 East Main Street (candidate for re-election)
Board of Health – vote for one – 3 year term
Nancy A. Sacco, 24 Jericho Hill Road (candidate for re-election)
Board of Trustees Southborough Library – vote for two – 3 year term
Jane C. Davis, 11 Buffalo Run
Amy B. Vachris, 14 School Street
School Committee – vote for two – 3 year term
Paul H. Desmond, 5 Pinecone Lane (candidate for re-election)
Keturah Martin, 75 Deerfoot Road
Northborough-Southborough Regional School Committee – vote for two Southborough candidates – 3 year term
Paul C. Butka, 8 Hubley Lane (candidate for re-election)
Paul H. Desmond, 5 Pinecone Lane
Planning Board – vote for one – 1 year term
Donald C. Morris, 45 Deerfoot Road (candidate for re-election)
*Candidates do have two weeks to reconsider and pull out of the race before the ballot is official.
Updated (3/22/17 noon): Town Clerk Jim Hegarty alerted me that I made a big error when I read the list he sent. I neglected to notice that under the filed papers section, Stephen Morreale and Al Hamilton were listed as DNR (did not return papers). Sorry about that!