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Political newcomer in race for Dedham selectman

Posted by Johanna Seltz  February 2, 2011 10:20 AM

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A newcomer to politics, 23-year-old George Panagopoulos, is running for Dedham selectman.

Panagopoulos took out papers last week for one of the seats currently held by Selectman Paul Reynolds and Chairwoman Sarah MacDonald. Both incumbents have pulled papers to run again. Sabino “Sam” Celata also is running.

Panagopoulos works in his family’s business, the Dedham House of Pizza in Dedham Square, and graduated in 2009 from Roger Williams University with a major in finance. He worked last year on Mike Rush’s successful campaign for the state Senate; Rush was his teacher at Catholic Memorial High School.

Panagopoulos said he’s interested in reducing or stabilizing property taxes, building a new combined police and fire station, and finding a way to have local private schools and non-profits contribute more money to Dedham.

“My father is a Greek immigrant and he and my mother have done extremely well in this community,” Panagopoulos said. “I want to give back.”

In other election news, Rachael Tuerck took out papers to run for one of two seats on Dedham's Library Board of Trustees. Brad Bauer, who was appointed by selectmen to a vacant spot of the board, is running as well.

Both Tuerck and Bauer were active in forming the Dedham Library Innovation Team, a new civic group committed to improving the town’s libraries.

Candidates have until Feb. 17 to pick up papers and until Feb. 21 to return them with 50 certified signatures.

The last day to withdraw from a race is March 9. The town election will be held April 9 and Town Meeting is scheduled for May 16.

The Town Clerk’s website is updating the list of candidates daily, and can be viewed at http://www.dedham-ma.gov/index.cfm?pid=19330.

Johanna Seltz can be reached at seelenfam@verizon.net.

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