Here's who is running in Dartmouth's 2018 Town Election
Nomination papers for the upcoming Town Election have been available since early January. Candidates have until February 9 to obtain papers, and until February 13 to return them for certification. The election is on April 3.
Here is the latest information on who has taken out papers to run in a town election.
Two Select Board candidates are up for re-election this year: Kelli A. Martin-Taglianetti and Frank Gracie. Unlike most other board elections, Select Board members run for individual seats.
Gracie has already pulled papers and declared his intent to run for re-election, citing his desire to stay on board as change comes to the town in the form of a new town administrator and a slowdown of new growth.
“I think it’s good to have some consistency in our government structure,” Gracie said.
He is currently running to keep his seat unopposed.
Martin-Taglianetti has not yet filed for nomination papers. Her re-election status is unclear.
Lorri-Ann Miller has taken out papers to run for Martin-Taglianetti’s seat, and confirmed to Dartmouth Week she is running for the position. She currently serves on the Planning Board.
Current School Committee Chair Shannon Jenkins is up for re-election, and has taken out papers for the position she's held since her appointment and subsequent election victory in 2015.
“I think I’ve made some valuable contributions to the committee, and I’d like to continue to serve,” Jenkins said, listing off Dartmouth Memorial Stadium renovations, examining school start times, and addressing the long-term capital needs of school buildings as big projects to tackle if she wins re-election.
She is currently running unopposed.
John V. Sousa is up for re-election on the Planning Board. He has pulled papers to keep his seat. He is so far unopposed.
Board of Parks and Recreation
Jams Bosworth and Joan Britto are up for re-election for the Board of Parks and Recreation. Both have taken out nomination papers to keep their seats. They are currently unopposed.
Board of Health
Leslie E. J. McKinley is running for her third term on the board, currently unopposed. Via email, she said she finds the work she, the board, and the Health Department does rewarding - from permitting for farms to addressing the opioid crisis.
“[T]he most rewarding part of this volunteer job is working with our extraordinary staff in our Health Department office. We are fortunate to have a truly dedicated and extremely talented staff serving the residents of Dartmouth,” McKinley said via email.
There are currently three seats up on the election, a five-year term, a three-year unexpired term, and a one-year unexpired term. All three seats are currently vacant.
Michael Mattos is running for the five-year seat. He has past experience at the Taunton Housing Authority and runs a non-profit housing collaborative. “I have a sense of how housing authorities work, and housing is what I do,” Mattos said.
David Brodeur has also taken out papers for a seat on the Housing Authority.
Lynn Medeiros is running to keep the seat she’s held for a decade.
“I love what I do; I love serving the people,” Medeiros said. “This is the town I grew up in.”
She is currently unopposed.
Trustee of the Free Public Libraries
Stanley J. Bielusiak and Ilene Levine are the only ones running so far for the board which oversees Dartmouth’s library system. Both are incumbents seeking re-election.
Bielusiak has served as library trustee for six years, and hopes to continue to move the new branch library on Cross Road forward if elected.
John Furtado is up for re-election on the Board of Assessors. He has taken out nomination papers to keep his seat. So far he is running unopposed.
Town Meeting Members
A majority of Dartmouth's nine Town Meeting precincts have openings. Contact the Town Clerk's Office at (508) 910-1800 for more information.