Special Election voters will get to choose from up to five candidates for selectman this fall.* Not only did the candidates I reported on before file papers, two more entered the race before last night’s filing deadline.
Bill Boland and Brian Shifrin joined candidates Doriann Jasinski, David Parry and Sam Stivers in the race for the vacant seat on the Board of Selectmen. Interestingly, four of the candidates have lost a contested bid for office within the past two years. (The fifth hasn’t run for an office – at least in recent years).
Boland previously served as selectman from 2005 to 2015. Two springs ago, he lost that seat to Brian Shea in a three way race with Desiree Aselbekian. (Shea captured 43% of the votes, Boland 28.5%, and Aselbekian 28.3%.)
The former selectman is currently serving on the Board of Commissioners of Trust Funds. (He was uncontested for re-election to that seat this past spring.) Last spring, he also challenged incumbent Town Clerk Jim Hegarty, but without success. (Hegarty 75% and Boland 25%). The prior spring, he lost a three way race for Town Moderator. (Stephen Morreale 59%, Aselbekian 22%, and Boland 19%)
Shifrin is currently Chair of the Recreation Commission and sitting on the Community Preservation Commission and Affordable Housing Trust. All three of those are appointed seats. (If he has ever run for – or served in – an elected office in Town, it pre-dates the blog.)
As I previously posted, Stivers and Jasinski are current members of the Advisory Committee. Parry was also a former selectman from 1995 to 2005.
Stivers and Parry both unsuccessfully ran for the two Board of Selectmen seats in the 2017 annual election this past May. (Lisa Braccio 28%, Dan Kolenda 24%, Stivers 21%, John Wood 19%, and Parry 8%.)
It was Parry’s second unsuccessful bid to return to the board in recent years. In 2013 he ran for one of two three-year seats. (Paul Cimino 33%, Kolenda 29%, Parry 17%, Al Hamilton 16%, and Lisa Cappello 5%. Note: Capello had withdrawn but her name was still on the ballot.)
Jasinski last ran for office in the 2015 Town election as a candidate for Town Clerk. (Hegarty 72% and Jasinski 28%.)
Still, that’s just the politics of past races.
Each of the candidates has served on Town committees and/or working groups in recent years. And you can be sure they’ll be eager to share with voters what they’ve achieved on behalf of the community and hope to accomplish in the future.
[Note to candidates: Each of you are invited to submit one letter to the editor between now and October 31st.]
The election to fill the vacant seat on the five person board is scheduled for Tuesday, November 7th. Beginning with this election, all three precincts will vote at Trottier Middle School. (That’s right – DO NOT go to Woodward or Finn to vote.)
*Candidates can still withdraw (or be removed) from the ballot. Last spring, multiple candidates pulled out after filing papers. October 5th is the deadline for withdrawing (or for objecting to) a candidate’s nomination papers. For the detailed election calendar click on the thumbnail right.