Dedham Voters to Decide Three Contested Races Saturday
Dedham voters will decide two seats for Board of Selectmen, two for School Committee and one contested seat for the Parks and Recreation Commission.
Voters will get a chance to settle a two-month campaign at the polls Saturday as candidates in three contested races will see if the hours of holding signs, debating and talking issues will pay off.
Two seats are up for grabs on the Board of Selectmen and the School Committee while one seat on the Parks and Recreation Commission is under contention.
Three years ago two new faces - Sarah MacDonald and Paul Reynolds - stormed into the Francis O'Brien Meeting Room by sweeping each of the seven precincts. Now they face two newcomers - Robert O'Connell and George Panagopoulos - and perennial candidate Sabino "Citizen Sam" Celata.
Voters have an opportunity to choose two selectmen, each for three-year terms.
Meanwhile, the School Committee has one open seat as Tracy Driscoll decided not to seek another term. Chairman Tom Ryan, a nine-year veteran of the committee, is seeking to hold onto his seat. John Maida, currently a member of the Parks and Recreation Commission, and Susan Butler Walko are challenging Ryan for one of the two seats.
Last month, the three candidates answered questions on how to balance funding for extracurricular activities, what their purpose of education is, and their idea of a successful school system.
Two men are seeking election to the Parks and Recreation Commission. Donald Reisner, a current board member, and Chuck Dello Iacono are vying for a single seat for a one-year term. Dello Iacono and Reisner sounded off on the Department of Public Works merger recommendation, money-generating programs and their focus for the one-year term.
With a hotly contested Square project on the horizon for Town Meeting next month, only one precinct has a contested race with 15 candidates for 13 seats.
Voters also will consider a single ballot question that would grant the town administrator authority to sign payroll and other payments under the direction of the Finance Department.
Eight other races are uncontested.
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