As I’ve previously posted, its the season for running for Town Offices. A dozen seats will be on the ballot this May.
I promised to post when races begin to brew. As of this weekend, there appears to be a race for the Select Board. (Formerly known as the Board of Selectmen.)*
Select Board Race
Select Board Members Sam Stivers’ and Marty Healey’s terms expire this May. Healey announced that he isn’t seeking a second term, since he’ll be traveling extensively this fall. Stivers has pulled papers to run for re-election.
Over the weekend, Advisory Chair Kathy Cook informed me that she will also be throwing her hat in the ring. (If she’s elected, I believe it will be the first time that the majority of the board are women.)
Cook’s announcement makes three candidates for the two seats, since Michael Weishan previously announced his run.
Weishan has most recently served as the Chair of the Historical Commission. This month, the Select Board met with him in Executive Sessions over questions about purported conflict of interest violations over expenses reimbursed 5-6 years ago. Weishan has publicly refuted the charges as a misunderstanding and stated the timing was “highly suspect” given his run. Chair Lisa Braccio objected to is statements as “irresponsible and damaging untruths”.
Last Thursday, following a closed session, the Select Board accepted Weishan’s resignation. No statement about the incident has been issued since by the Board or Weishan.
On the Ballot
If you’re interested in joining that race or seeking another position, nominations papers can be pulled until Friday, March 18th for filing by Monday, March 22nd. (Both deadlines are 5:00 pm. Candidates must submit 50 valid signatures of residents registered to vote in Southborough.)
Below is the full list of which seats are at stake. (Unless otherwise specified, each have one seat available):
- Board of Assessors – 3 year term
- Board of Commissioners of Trust Funds – 3 year term
- Board of Health – 3 year term
- Select Board – vote for two – 3 year term*
- Board of Trustees Southborough Library – vote for two – 3 year term
- Moderator – 1 year term
- Northborough-Southborough Regional School Committee – Southborough candidate – 3 year term**
- Planning Board – 5 year term
- Southborough School Committee – vote for two – 3 year term
I’ll update readers as races develop or if it appears we’re in danger of ending up with a vacancy for any positions. In the meantime, if you want to keep tabs on who has pulled or filed papers you can look for daily updates on the Town Clerk’s dedicated election page.
For those of you considering a run, check the Town’s website for the full list of vital dates. (If you have questions about the responsibilities for each board, you can find information here. Since most of the boards/committees have only been meeting online, you can also view their latest meetings here.)
For those of you just interested in voting, make sure you’re registered by April 20th at 7:00 pm. And save the date to vote on May 10th between 6:30 am – 8:00 pm at Trottier Middle School. (Or register for Absentee Voting here.)
*The Board of Selectmen’s official name change to Select Board (approved by voters in the fall) has been ratified by the Attorney General’s office.
**There’s also a Northborough seat available on the Regional School Committee, but while Southborough residents can vote for it, we obviously can’t run for it.