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Natick town election on Tuesday includes two Board of Selectmen seats

Posted by Jaclyn Reiss  April 4, 2013 12:10 PM

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Natick will hold an election next Tuesday, April 9 for local offices and Town Meeting members, including two Board of Selectmen seats.

This year, selectmen chair Paul Joseph decided not to run, citing a busy schedule with two children and a spouse who is a full-time graduate student.

"The priorities of my family’s well-being and professional demands have to take precedence at this time," he said on his campaign page.

Incumbent Charles Hughes will be running for his seat again, and board newcomer Rick Jennett will be vying for Joseph's seat. Unless someone runs a successful write-in campaign for a spot on the board, both will win de facto.

Jennett, a former Finance Committee member ran for Board of Selectmen against incumbent Joshua Ostroff last year, but Ostroff won with 58.5 percent of the vote.

This year, Natick voters will elect the following officials:
• Two members to the Board of Selectmen for 3-year terms
• Three members to the School Committee for 3-year terms
• One member to the Board of Assessors for a 3-year term
• One member to the Planning Board for a 5-year term
• One member to the Board of Health for a 3-year term
• One member to the Natick Housing Authority for a 5-year term
• Two members to the Recreation and Parks Commission for 3-year terms
• Five members to the Morse Institute Library Trustees for 5-year terms
• A Moderator for a 3-year term
• A Town Clerk for a 3-year term
• Six constables for 3-year terms
• 65 Town Meeting members

Polls will be open from 7 a.m. until 8 a.m. Voters in precincts 7 and 9 now vote at the Community-Senior Center located at 117 East Central St.

All other polling locations are the same and can be found on Natick's official website.

Sample ballots are also available online. Absentee ballot applications will be available until 12 p.m. on Monday, April 8.

For more information, contact the Town Clerk by phone at 508 647-6430, extension 4, or stop by the clerk’s office at Town Hall, 13 East Central St.

The Town Clerk’s office is open Monday through Wednesday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

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