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Town Races: Democrats Face Primary In School Committee Race

Republicans field a full slate for Council and School Committee; Democrats offer no candidates for Council, four for School Committee.


The Democrats cup runneth over for School Committee, with four candidates for three seats, while they failed to field a single candidate for Town Council's five available seats.

Republicans, meanwhile, have a full slate of five candidates for council, two candidates for School Committee and one candidate for Town Moderator.

By 4 p.m. Wednesday afternoon, a total of 15 people had filed to run for town offices – 8 Republicans, 4 Democrats, 1 Libertarian, 1 Moderate, and 1 independent. There are 6 candidates for Town Council, 7 for School Committee, and 2 for Town Moderator.

Former School Committee Chair Jean Ann Guliano is making a run for Town Council. If she wins, she would be the first woman councilor in 10 years. Guliano is running as a Moderate.

The other candidates for Town Council are incumbents Michael Isaacs (chair), Mike Kiernan, Jeff Cianciolo, and Mark Gee, and political newcomer Brad Bishop.

For School Committee, there are two Republicans in the race, incumbent Paul Martin and newcomer Clark Smith. Four Democrats have signed up to run – incumbent Deidre Gifford (chair) and newcomers Carolyn Mark, Eugene Quinn, and Brian Warburton. If all four turn in the requisite 50 signatures, that would force a primary Sept. 11.

Independent Domenic Marcone is also in the running for School Committee.

The two candidates for Town Moderator (which is a one-day-a-year job, moderating the annual Financial Town Meeting) are incumbent James Patti, a Republican, and political newcomer Tony Jones, a Libertarian.

After submitting candidacy papers, candidates then have from July 3 to July 13 to turn in 50 signatures from local registered voters, thus securing their name on the ballot.

LORAX June 29, 2012 at 02:28 AM
A VERY RARE HAPPENING, E.G. SCHOOLS HAVE BEEN RUN FOR YEARS BY PEOPLE WITHOUT A CLUE HOW SCHOOLS OPERATE. WHAT A SHOCK, BETTER EASE INTO THAT CONCEPT CAREFULLY
Koehler June 29, 2012 at 02:56 AM
Lorax, my child goes to a private school because of the specific needs of my child. Please do not assume that people who send their kids to private schools do not care about EG school. Remember, I am paying my childs tuition AND my taxes funding the EG schools. "People who do not know any better", ignorance at its best.
LORAX June 29, 2012 at 03:08 AM
IF YOUR CHILD TRULY HAS "SPECIAL NEEDS" THE PUBLIC SCHOOL HAS A LEGAL REQUIREMENT TO EVALUATE THOSE NEEDS AND IF THEY ARE SERIOUS ENOUGH TO WARRANT SPECIAL EDUCATION SERVICES, THE SCHOOL DISTRICT IS REQUIRED BY LAW TO PROVIDE THEM, AS A RULE, THE PUBLIC SCHOOLS HAVE THE BEST SPECIAL EDUCATION TEACHERS.
Koehler June 29, 2012 at 03:34 AM
I said specific needs not special needs. I have another child in the EG school system. BOTH are getting excellent educations. To each his own. Best of luck to all the candidates!
Bluedog June 29, 2012 at 01:27 PM
I feel I am in a unique position because I have two children in EG school system and one at a private school. I completely agree with Koehler. Sometimes a non-public school provides a different environment that better suits some children. I do care about the public school system, and I am an active parent there. Perhaps, Lorax, you should not paint everyone with the same broad brush.

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