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Third hopeful enters mix after moderator candidates tie

Posted by John C. Drake May 4, 2007 12:22 PM

NATICK

A third man has entered the fray in the battle to become Natick's town moderator.

John A. Merritt, a former chairman of Natick's finance committee, has applied for the moderator's post, according to the Board of Selectmen's office. The only other two applicants are longtime incumbent John Connolly and challenger Frank Foss, who tied in the town election.

The unlikely 1,772-1,772 tie set up a complex debate in town about how to fairly choose a moderator. The town charter requires selectmen to choose someone to serve until the next town election, and officials decided they needed to allow anyone to apply. The deadline for applications was yesterday.

The applicants will plead their cases to selectmen Monday night, when the panel is expected to choose a moderator who will serve at Town Meeting on May 29.

-- John C. Drake

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