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Natick voters head to polls Tuesday for Town Election

Posted by Leslie Anderson  April 8, 2013 06:56 PM

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NATICK — Voters in Natick's 10 precincts will head to the polls between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m. on Tuesday to elect members of town boards and decide whether to make a minor change to the town's charter.

Two questions on the ballot seek to simplify the wording of the charter regarding the appointment of the town's fire and police chiefs, by deleting the phrase “in accordance with the civil service laws and rules.”

During an April 1 selectmen's meeting, Town Administrator Martha White said there had been some confusion as to why the questions were on the ballot. However, White said the ballot questions were akin to housekeeping measures.

“Voters are being asked to change the charter so that it matches the current law in the Town of Natick,” she said during the meeting.

Also on the ballot, four candidates are running for three seats on the school committee: Incumbents Anne E. Blanchard and Paul H. Laurent, and Thomas P. Campbell and Timothy M. Kelly.

Six candidates are running for the board of Morse Institute Library Trustees: Incumbents Kathleen Donovan, Elliot M. Goodman, Joseph A. Keefe, Gerald Mazor, and challengers Marilyn Lustig and Sally L. McCoubrey.

There are no other contested town-wide races. Two candidates are running for two 3-year selectmen seats: Incumbent Charles M. Hughes and former finance committee member Richard Jennett.

Voters will also elect members to the planning board, board of assessors, board of health, housing authority, recreation and parks commission, and constables.

Diane Packer is unopposed in seeking another three years as town clerk. Frank Foss is unopposed in seeking another 3-year term as moderator.

Town Meeting members will be elected by precinct.

Unlike some other Massachusetts municipalities, Natick, like Framingham, did not change the date of its town election to coincide with the special April 30 senate primary.

The deadline for voter registration and party enrollment change for the primary election is Wednesday.

For more information, contact the Town Clerk's office at (508) 647-6430.

John Swinconeck can be reached at johnswinc@gmail.com.

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