Election Update: Selectmen’s (potential) race heating up; Pull papers by Sunday

The Town Clerk’s daily update shows that another new candidate pulled papers yesterday.

Michael Weishan, Chair of the Historical Commission, pulled papers to run for the Board of Selectmen. Two others had already pulled papers for the seat – incumbent Selectmen Brian Shea and Advisory member (and former Zoning Board of Appeals Chair) Andrew Dennington.

As of last night, none of the three men had filed papers to secure their names on the ballot.

This Sunday (March 21st at 5:00 pm) is the deadline to pull papers to run for any of the seats up for grabs this May. (Call 508-485-0710 ext 3005 to make an appointment to pick up the papers.) However, if you are interested, you won’t want to wait too long.

Candidates need to collect and file signatures of 50-60 voters* by 5:00 pm this Tuesday, March 23.

The Board of Selectmen’s seat is the only seat that is shaping up as a contest. To see who else has pulled and/or filed papers as of last night, click here. For more details on this year’s election, click here.

In related news, the Board of Library Trustees is planning a revamped version of their annual Candidates Night event.

The event – to be retitled “Meet the Candidates” this year, won’t be held with live public participation. Instead, they plan to collect questions in advance to ask candidates over a private zoom session. The recording will then be posted as a video for the public. Stay tuned for more details on that.

*Candidates need 50 registered voters to sign their nomination papers. The Town Clerk’s office then needs to verify that signees are registered to vote in Southborough. To avoid an issue, they are recommending collecting at least 60 signatures.

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