Finance Committee member seeking Select Board seat

Jan 31, 2018

After a member of the Finance Committee threw his hat into the ring, there will be a contested Select Board race on the April 3 town election ballot.

David Tatelbaum took out papers to run for a three-year term on the Select Board. The current chair of the Finance Committee decided last week to enter the race, and anticipates handing in his papers for certification this week.

He has been involved in town politics for a number of years, and was also recently involved in committees planning the new police station project and a renovation of Memorial Stadium.

In addition to the current major projects facing the town, like a new police station and library, his biggest goal is ensuring cooperation and communication among the town’s various departments and boards on big projects.

“My goal would be to get people involved early on in the process and get everyone at the table,” Tatelbaum said.

Tatelbaum is running for incumbent Kelli Martin Taglianetti's seat. She has not yet filed for nomination papers and it is unclear if she is running for another term. Lorri-Ann Miller, who currently serves on the Planning Board, has also taken out papers for the seat.

Incumbent Frank Gracie is running to keep his three-year Select Board seat. He is so far unopposed.

In the Planning Board race, John V. Sousa is up for re-election, and has taken out papers to keep his three-year seat.

Shannon Jenkins is running to keep her three-year School Committee seat.

James Bosworth and Joan Britto are up for re-election for three-year terms on the Board of Parks and Recreation. Both have taken out nomination papers to keep their seats. They are currently unopposed.

Leslie E. J. McKinley is running for her third three-year term on the Board of Health, so far unopposed.

Four people have filed papers for three vacant seats on the Housing Authority of varying term lengths: Michael Mattos, David Brodeur, Bradford Thelin, and Kyle Ross.

Lynn Medeiros is running unopposed to keep her seat as Town Clerk. Incumbents Stanley J. Bielusiak and Ilene Levine are running for the Trustee of the Free Public Libraries. John Furtado took out papers for his re-election to Assessors. All are three- year terms.

Candidates have until February 9 to obtain papers and February 13 to return them.