Incumbents, newcomers pursue nominations for Tri-Town elections

Feb 6, 2024

Election season in the Tri-Town is fast approaching. Marion’s Town Election is May 17, while Mattapoisett’s Town Election is May 21. Nomination papers are now available in Marion and Mattapoisett, due back March 25 and April 2 respectively.

In Marion, incumbent Randy Parker and challenger Diane Lopes Flaherty have taken out nomination papers for an open Select Board seat. Parker, who has served on the Select Board since 2018, has returned his papers, according to Marion Town Clerk Lissa Magauran.

Incumbent John Howard has taken out papers for an open seat on the Board of Health.

There are also open seats on the Marion Board of Assessors, Open Space Acquisition Commission, and for Town Meeting Moderator. The Marion Planning Board and Marion School Committee each have two open seats. As of Monday, Feb. 5, these seats are currently uncontested.

In Mattapoisett, incumbent Jodi Bauer, who has served since 2021, and challenger Kathleen Costello have taken out papers for the Select Board.

There are seats open for Mattapoisett Assessor, Town Meeting Moderator, Water/Sewer Commissioner, Highway Surveyor, Board of Health, Planning Board, Mattapoisett Housing Authority and the Community Preservation Committee.

There are two open seats for the Mattapoisett School Committee and Board of Library Trustees.

For the School Committee, Kathleen McArdle-Leclair has taken out papers to run for one of two seats up for election. The incumbents are James Muse and Tiffini Reedy.

The town election in Rochester will be held May 22, and nomination papers are currently available. The last day to take out nomination papers is April 1. They are due back by April 3.

Current Select Board Chair Paul Ciaburri has taken out nomination papers, according to Rochester Town Clerk Margie Barrows.