6 return papers for Wareham election so far, including 1 more Selectman candidate

By Matthew Bernat | Feb 01, 2018
Courtesy of: Mary Bruce Selectman candidate Mary Bruce returned her nomination papers on Jan. 24. Currently, there are four candidates seeking two open seats.

Nomination papers for the town’s April 3 election continue to trickle in before the Feb. 13 deadline, with six of the 17 people who have pulled papers returning them as of Feb. 1, including Selectman candidate Mary Bruce.

The last day to take out nomination papers is Feb. 9. Papers are available in the Town Clerk’s office. Papers must be returned with the signatures of 50 registered voters.

Bruce, a Wareham native and president of the garden club, returned her papers on Jan. 24. She is seeking the seat formerly held by Selectman Judith Whiteside, who abruptly resigned in January for unspecified personal reasons. Marc Bianco and Faith Berry are seeking the same seat.

If elected, Bruce said she wanted to focus on bringing business to town.

“Economic growth is one of the biggest issues facing town right now,” she said.

Bruce has also served on the Wareham Council on Aging, is a currently a member of the Beach and Tourism Committee and is a member of Don’t Trash Wareham, which is a volunteer-driven organization dedicated to beautifying the town.

Incumbent Selectman Alan Slavin has returned his papers. He is running unopposed for his seat.

The race for School Committee so far features five people seeking two open seats, both for three-year terms.

Newcomers Rebekah Pratt and Rebecca Kennen have pulled papers alongside incumbents Geoff Swett and current Chair Judy Caporiccio. Michael Flaherty, who served on the committee previously, has also pulled and returned his nomination papers.

Other candidates who have returned papers include: Wareham Housing Authority candidate Bob Powilatis; Deputy Moderator candidate Joseph Ashley and non-user Sewer Commissioner candidate Don Jepson.

John Donahue, an incumbent candidate for assessor, has also pulled papers for his seat.

For a link to Wareham Week’s ongoing coverage of the town election, click here.

Comments (2)
Posted by: Uptohere | Feb 03, 2018 09:52

could someone explain how if there are 2 seat and 3, maybe I read 4, people running now one is being run unopposed? Shouldn't it just be 4 running for 2 seats?

Posted by: WantToSeeChange | Feb 04, 2018 16:45

There are 2 seats available.  One is currently held by Alan Slavin.  His term runs out this year, so his seat is for a 3 year term.  The other seat is the one left by Judy Whiteside that has 2 years left on it (I think).  That is why there are two separate votes to cast.  If anyone wanted to oppose Mr. Slavin for his seat, they certainly could but as far as it sits right now, he is running for his seat unopposed since no one else has pulled (or returned) papers for his 3 year seat.

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