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Shrewsbury, MA- Beth Casavant has announced that she will run for the Board of Selectmen in the upcoming May 2, 2017 municipal election. Current Shrewsbury Selectman Henry Fitzgerald will not be seeking a third term.
Former Finance Committee member John Campbell, local physician Dr. Nandana Kansra, fellow parent and former PTO President Lorraine Daignault and long-time resident Brenda Ljunggren are supporting Casavant’s candidacy as co-chairs of her campaign.
“I am eager to take this next step to further participate in our town government,” Casavant said. “Shrewsbury is a well-managed community, offering quality municipal services and strong public schools while maintaining one of the lowest tax rates in the area. I will advocate for continued economic development and careful spending to support public safety, maintain and strengthen our infrastructure, meet our retirement and pension obligations and position our town for a strong future.”
A graduate of Skidmore College and Framingham State University, Casavant taught elementary school in Connecticut, Florida and Massachusetts. Since moving to Shrewsbury in 2008, she has been involved throughout the community, serving as an elected Town Meeting Member for Precinct 8 and a Library Trustee since 2011. Casavant actively participated in the debt exclusions for the Sherwood Middle
School and the renovation and expansion of the Shrewsbury Public Library. She served as the campaign manager for the successful Proposition 2.5 override in June 2014, which provided revenue to support public safety and education.
Casavant serves as a Worcester County Reserve Deputy Sheriff and on the Board of Directors of local non-profit Binkeez for Comfort, which provides blankets to children facing life threatening illnesses. She was a member of the host committee for the “Celebration in the Garden” fundraiser to benefit the Shrewsbury Public Schools and is the Tournament Director for an annual charity golf tournament benefitting Shrewsbury Youth and Family Services, St. Anne’s Human Services and the Westborough Food Pantry. She was also the 2016 recipient of the Shrewsbury Education Foundation’s Community Service Award.
Casavant has served as the PTO President at Parker Road Preschool, Spring Street School and is the current President for the Sherwood and Oak Middle Schools PTO. She resides at 16 Clear View Road with her husband, Scott and their two daughters, Julia and Emma, both of whom are students in the Shrewsbury Public Schools.