With the first week to pull nomination papers in the books, 11 Foxborough residents have expressed interest in running for seven of the 14 open town positions in May’s annual election.
Most notably, two potential candidates for the two Board of Selectmen seats have emerged and neither one – to this point – are current members James DeVellis or Lynda Walsh.
Richard R. Letson of East Street and John R. Gray Jr. of North High Street each pulled papers for selectmen seats last week.
Letson pulled papers for the 2012 Foxborough selectmen race but decided not to run after he was unable to gain support of veterans for his candidacy, according to a March 2012 article in The Sun Chronicle. Letson, a three-year Foxborough resident, is an Army veteran who has experience as a transportation consultant and a certified crowd manager through the state’s Executive Office of Public Safety, according to reporter Frank Mortimer of the Foxboro Reporter and Sun Chronicle.
Letson worked for the Kraft Group as a part-time security guard at Gillette Stadium for the 2011-2012 New England Patriots football season but reportedly opposed a casino in Foxborough, according to the March 2012 Sun Chronicle article.
Gray Jr. currently serves on Foxborough’s Advisory Committee with his term expiring in June 2014. He served as AdCom’s chair in 2011.
As for DeVellis and Walsh, both told Foxborough Patch that they would consult family and friends about running for reelection before pulling papers. Walsh said she ultimately plans to run for reelection while DeVellis said he isn't sure what he will do but will make a decision soon.
There also appears to be a race developing for two three-year seats and one two-year seat on the School Committee. As of Jan. 28, School Committee members Kathleen Adair, Martha P. Slattery and Christina “Tina” Belanger have pulled papers for reelection. Former Foxborough School Committee member Catherine Maureen Owens Kominsky, who resigned from her seat in June, citing issues with the committee as reason for her departure, has pulled papers to enter the race this spring. She will be seeking a three-year term
Adair has also pulled papers for a three-year term and Belanger has pulled papers for the lone two-year term. Belanger replaced Kominsky in July and will look to finish the term if reelected. Slattery did not specify which term she will be running for, according to the Town Clerk’s office.
Here’s a complete list of residents who have pulled papers after the first week eligible to do so:
- 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
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, who will be finishing his first term this May.
- 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, who finished fourth in balloting at last May's selectman race.
- 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.
Residents become official ballot candidates after Town Clerk Robert Cutler verifies 50 voters have signed the candidate’s nomination papers. Those 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.