Foxborough Board of Selectmen chair James DeVellis has announced his plans to run for re-election this spring, becoming the fourth candidate for one of two seats on the board.
DeVellis announced his decision through the following open letter to the community Thursday morning:
To the residents of Foxborough,
It has been a privilege to serve the people in our hometown of Foxborough, and I would be honored to have your support in continuing my service and commitment for another term as your selectman.
My wife Nicole and I chose to work, live, and raise our three children here. For me the balance of family, a small business here in town, and serving each of you as selectman has been a blessing. Of course I could never have anticipated the time commitment or the issues that would come in front of me during my first term! I hope people feel that I have been fair, open, and represented them well.
I have been very busy working hard for you and our town. The recession, the casino, four major storms, the retirement of our long serving town manager, restructuring the municipal departments and the list goes on. I am extremely proud to say I did not miss one single meeting during my first three-year term.
Right now I am deeply involved with several very important and complex town items before the Board of Selectmen that directly impact the health and well being of our town. I believe Foxborough is well positioned to thrive in the coming years and I want to finish what we have started.
Thank you for the opportunity to serve and I ask for your vote once again this spring.
Foxborough Board of Selectmen
DeVellis joins fellow and residents Richard Letson and John Gray Jr. in the race for selectman. A resident becomes an official ballot candidate after Town Clerk Robert Cutler verifies 50 voters have signed the candidate’s nomination papers. Candidates have until March 18th to submit signed papers.
Letson worked for the Kraft Group as a part-time security guard at Gillette Stadium for the 2011-2012 New England Patriots football season and reportedly opposed a casino in Foxborough, according to the March 2012 Sun Chronicle article.
Gray Jr., president of Biomedical Structures, currently serves on Foxborough’s Advisory Committee with his term expiring in June 2014. He served as AdCom’s chair in 2011. He has set up a Facebook page and Twitter account promoting his candidacy.
Here’s a complete list of residents who have pulled papers as of Feb. 5:
- Jospeh Lally, Granite Street, Library Trustee, 3 years
- Robert Garber, Tara Ann Drive, Board of Water & Sewer Commissioners, 3 years
- Robert Cutler, Summer Street, Town Clerk, 3 years
- Kathleen Adair, McKenzie Lane, School Committee, 3 years
- Catherine Maureen Owens Kominsky, Farewell Street, School Committee, 3 years
- Francis J. Spillane, Country Club, Town Moderator, 3 years
- Richard R. Letson, East Street, Selectmen, 3 years
- Christina M. Belanger, Milton Lane, School Committee, 2 years
- John R. Gray Jr., North High Street, Selectmen, 3 years
- Eric S. Arvedon, Fairway Lane, Board of Health, 3 years
- Martha P. Slattery, Joseph Road, School Committee, 3 years
- Ronald P. Bresse, North High Street, Planning Board, 3 years
- Susan M. Burlone, Kingsbury Lane, Library Trustee, 3 years
- Stephen P. Udden, Carmine Avenue, School Committee, 3 years
- Robert J. Hadge, Shoreline Drive, Board of Assessors, 3 years
- Lynda Walsh, Pond Avenue, Selectmen, 3 years
Here is a look at what positions are available this year and who is up for reelection (if the current town officials choose to run for another term), according Cutler:
- Board of Selectmen (three-year term): This seat is currently held by BOS chair James DeVellis.
- Board of Selectmen (three-year term): This seat is currently held by selectman Lynda Walsh.
- School Committee (three-year term): This seat is currently held by Katie F. Adair.
- School Committee (three-year term): This seat is currently held by Martha P. Slattery.
- School Committee (two-year term): This seat is currently held by Christina M. Belanger, who replaced Catherine Kominsky in July. This is a two-year term because Belanger served the first year of Kominsky's three-year term.
- Water & Sewer Commissioner (three-year term): This seat is currently held by William C. Euerle, who has informed the town he plans to retire at the end of his fourth term this May.
- Board of Health (three-year term): This seat is currently held by vice chair Eric S. Arvedon.
- Planning Board (three-year term): This seat is currently held by Ronald P. Bresse.
- Board of Assessors (three-year term): This seat is currently held by Robert J. Hadge.
- Boyden Library Trustee (three-year term): This seat is currently held by Jeffrey M. Lovely.
- Boyden Library Trustee (three-year term): This seat is currently held by Janet S. Pineault.
- Housing Authority (five-year term): This position is currently held by Susan E. Perez.
- Town Moderator (three-year term): This position is currently held by Francis "Frank" Spillane.
- Town Clerk (three-year term): This position is currently held by Robert E. Cutler, Jr.
Nomination papers, which can be picked up at Town Hall, must be submitted to the Town Clerk’s office no later than March 18 at 5 p.m. The election is scheduled for May 6.