Wareham heads to the polls in today's town election

Apr 02, 2018
Polls will be open for Wareham's Town Election today, Tuesday, April 3, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Wareham will go to the polls today, Tuesday, April 3, as challengers are looking to oust two incumbents on the Board of Selectmen and School Committee.

Polls will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. across town. Polling locations are as follows: Precinct One, Memorial Town Hall, 54 Marion Road; Precinct Two: Ethel E. Hammond School, 13 Highland Ave.; Precinct Three: Minot Forest School, 63 Minot Ave.; Precinct Four: Decas School, 760 Main St.; Precinct Five: Decas School, 760 Main St.; Precinct Six: Minot Forest School, 63 Minot Ave.

Voters will decide whether to re-elect Selectman incumbent Alan Slavin and current School Committee Vice Chair Geoff Swett. Planning Board member Marc Bianco is challenging Slavin for his seat. A second seat on the board is being sought by Mary Bruce, who is unopposed.

The School Committee race has three candidates – Mike Flaherty, Rebekah Pratt and Swett – seeking two seats. The top two vote getters will win spots on the committee.

For election profiles, stories from an open candidates’ forum and more, click on the links below. Check www.WarehamVillageSoup.com later tonight for election results.

Selectmen candidate profiles

Marc Bianco

Mary Bruce

Alan Slavin

School Committee candidate profiles

Mike Flaherty

Rebekah Pratt

Geoff Swett

Onset Protective League’s Candidates’ Night

Selectmen candidates talk override at open forum

School Committee candidates address budget problems, bullying

Comments (15)
Posted by: Steve Holmes | Apr 03, 2018 12:14

Any guesses on how many folks will vote today?

Posted by: Doctor Deekas | Apr 03, 2018 12:23

11% turnout is my guess

Posted by: Andrea Smith | Apr 03, 2018 12:24

Please take the time to vote today. The few minutes that voting takes can impact the town, the schools, and Wareham's children for many years into the future.  Some who are elected may serve only a few years, some may be re-elected  and go on to additional terms in office, all will leave an imprint upon the future and hold the possibility of encouraging Wareham's children to become Wareham's future leaders.

Posted by: Wareham By The Sea | Apr 03, 2018 14:02

I guess 16%.  It was light in there when I went this morning.

Posted by: Steve Holmes | Apr 03, 2018 14:54

I think we hover just about 22K in registered voters, not in the article. I am guessing about 9%.


Posted by: bob | Apr 03, 2018 14:58

Well PRECINCT 1,had 64 ballots cast at apx.11 a.m.

Posted by: Steve Holmes | Apr 03, 2018 15:04

I agree with Andrea, not being dramatic, but elections do have consequences. Good or bad. There are many projects on the board for our Town, some are closer to resolving than others, the Cranberry Highway project is one, we fought very hard to get this done, without having to take ownership and thus all the maintenance of that road, the project has already been cut back, and any more interference may cut it back even further to a point where the State wont do it at all. The extension of commuter rail from Middleboro at least getting it to Wareham, we have shown that the stop is worth having by the test runs in the summer, the State has seen the support of our BOS and citizens of Wareham. The physical buildings, that today we call our schools and the future of them. Not to mention the total education we present to our children and young adults. I am guilty myself sometimes of not voting because I am fairly happy with the things going on around me, but voting when things are good sends a message to our elected officials that we agree with the job they are doing. So even if you are happy let them know by stopping by and putting a dot by their name. As always looking forward to around 9pm for the results.

Posted by: Andrea Smith | Apr 03, 2018 17:56

Steve - I'm betting voter turnout will be a very sad, apathetic 6%. And I'm hoping everyone who reads this and hasn't voted yet, will rush right to the polls, vote and prove me wrong.

Posted by: Steve Holmes | Apr 04, 2018 08:41

According to the story we have 29K registered voters. I was off by 7K. Mary Ann reports 2956 voters cast ballots. A whopping 10%. I wont comment because i think Andreas comment speaks volumes, i think the last 4% ran out and voted after reading her post LOL.

Posted by: Andrea Smith | Apr 04, 2018 20:53

Steve - If my words have that kind of power, I'll have to see what I can do to encourage voter participation at  next Monday's (4/9/18) Night's Wareham Fire and Water District Meeting.

Posted by: OnsetTogether | Apr 04, 2018 21:36

Why are these elections and district meetings held before the "snowbirds" registered to vote here are back? Curious how many bother with absentee ballots, college kids too on the other end of the age spectrum. Of course absentee ballots are not allowed for town nor district meetings. Just a thought.

Posted by: cranky pants | Apr 04, 2018 22:45


Do you think that's a coincidence ? Same reason the Onset fire department vote was done in the similar fashion.

Posted by: OnsetTogether | Apr 04, 2018 22:56

It's within our power to change, Cranky.

Posted by: cranky pants | Apr 05, 2018 07:03

Yea, I see what happens when people try to bring the truth to light... No trespassing.

Posted by: Steve Holmes | Apr 05, 2018 12:35

Andrea, your words have always had power LOL. We shall see if the Wareham (not an Onset District meeting) folks show up. These meetings typically don't last very long, much shorter and quicker than the bigger Town Meetings. But there is a lot of money proposed to be spent. So hopefully you will have a good turnout.

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