Incumbent Selectman to face challenger after candidate changes mind

By Matthew Bernat | Feb 07, 2018
Photo by: Matthew Bernat Marc Bianco

Selectman Alan Slavin is no longer running unopposed in the April 3 town election. Marc Bianco, who had been gathering nomination signatures for a second, open seat, intends to challenge the two-term incumbent.

“I think change is good,” said Bianco, a resident for the past 25 years and current member of the Planning Board.

Bianco, along with candidates Mary Bruce and Faith Berry, had taken out nomination papers for the seat previously held by Selectman Judy Whiteside. In January, Whiteside abruptly announced her resignation for unspecified personal reasons. Selectmen terms are for three years, but due to the resignation, whoever wins Whiteside’s former seat will serve two years.

Candidates must secure the signatures of 50 registered voters to run. Bianco said he had 90 signatures and was prepared to make his candidacy official when he changed his mind.

While gathering signatures, Bianco said he met many voters who wanted him to serve for three years. He said voters should have a choice, too.

“I have a personal feeling that no one should run unopposed,” he said.

Bianco runs United Alliance Services, a consulting firm focused on workplace safety. For Bianco, planning for the future is important if elected. “We need to take the 25,000-foot view, so to speak,” said Bianco. “And see where the town is going not only tomorrow, but ten years from now.”

By withdrawing his name for the two-year seat, Bianco had to take out new nomination papers and gather the required 50 signatures again. He said he’s confident he’ll secure those signatures before Feb. 13, the deadline to return papers in order to make the ballot.

The last day to pick up nomination papers in the Town Clerk’s office is Feb. 9.

Comments (3)
Posted by: barnstorm | Feb 08, 2018 04:42

Vote Bianco.......Slavin needs to be voted out.   Vote Mary Bruce also. We need positive change immediately. With Judy Whiteside retired, the other selectman need to be challenged by new ideas and directional change for the town of Wareham. Bianco and Bruce!

Posted by: bob | Feb 08, 2018 12:20

I agree, it's time for new faces on the board.....

Posted by: Steve Holmes | Feb 14, 2018 12:56

I understand the feeling of "throw the bums out" "lets get new faces" and all those comments that come with every election. But in this case, we are now talking about a gentleman that puts more hours in, and fights for Wareham every day. Alan has accomplished many goals during his service to the Town as a Selectman. Certainly too many to list in a comment section. Having the privilege to be one of your Selectman, and serving with Alan, I can tell you that no one works harder, and puts in the hours than Alan. He represents us, with an excellent reputation on the State level, and delivers for the Town. He was instrumental in working with me to keep the crouton factory here, worked tirelessly to get the Bay Pointe Project over the finish line, we worked together to get the maximum energy credits for the Town, instrumental in keeping the Commuter Rail project focused on getting a station in Wareham to name a few. So this is not one of the folks we just want to "kick out" in those annual election comments. We need to keep Alan fighting for us as a Town everyday.

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