SHREWSBURY, Massachusetts – As hard as it must be to think about the the spring election season, with feet of snow looming at the door, I wanted to bring you all up to date on a few important things going on here in Shrewsbury.
First the Board of Selectmen voted to move the election from early May, to April 30th, to coincide with the Massachusetts Special State Primary. This will dramatically reduce the cost to the town of having to run two separate elections, and seems to make perfect sense to me.
In election news, there will be two seats open for voting on the School Committee, as the terms of both Erin Canzano and Dale Magee are expiring in May. Dale has already announced his intention to run for re-election, which is great news. Erin is preparing to announce a run as well. In addition, challenger Dan Zuba has pulled papers as well, but has yet to make a final decision on whether or not to run. Hopefully giving the incredible challenges faced by our district these days, others will be willing to step up.
On the Board of Selectman race, challenger Nicholas L. Soutter has withdrawn his name from consideration, leaving incumbents Moira Miller and John Lebeaux, once again running unopposed for now.
Nomination papers are still available at the Shrewsbury Town Clerks office, for anyone who wishes to run for either of the above slots, or the many town meeting seats that are always up for grabs. Feel free to stop in to pick up your papers, and make sure to get your 50 signatures and turn them in on time to be placed on the ballot.
My compliments go out to those who choose to run and who are willing to serve. One of the biggest challenges faced by small communities is that everyone has an opinion on how things should be done, but few are willing to step up and invest countless amounts of their own personal time and energy towards actually making it happen.
Serving your community is an exhausting task, but truly one of the most rewarding things you can do. If you are passionate about town government, feel that you have something to contribute, or are unhappy with anything you see going on around you, be bold, step up, and run for office. Only those who are truly willing to invest their energy, can actually make a difference.