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Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Crossen declines re-election bid to Needham School Committee

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NEEDHAM

Attorney Gary C. Crossen, who faces possible disbarment for his conduct in the Demoulas Supermarkets lawsuit, will not seek reelection for one of four open seats on the School Committee.

Crossen, who has served on the committee for seven years, has denied wrongdoing and has long maintained that the inquiries have no bearing on his decisions to serve on the school panel. The disbarment case is slated to go before the full Supreme Judicial Court in early September.

Another incumber, accountant Jeff Simmons, also was not among the seven candidates who filed for the School Committee race as of Tuesday's deadline. Neither Simmons nor Crossen could be immediately reached for comment.

The candidates who have filed for three-year seats are incumbents Marianne Cooley and Joseph Barnes and would-be newcomers Holly Horrigan, Constance “Connie” Barr, and Karen “Kori” Rogers.

-- Lauren K. Meade

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