Scituate Town Clerk Bernice Brown will not run for reelection this year, giving up her seat after nine years in the position.
“I’ve served nine years now. I’ve won three elections, and I decided that as much as I like the job, it's not enough. I think I’m ready to look around and see the rest of the world,”she said.
Brown said she doesn’t know what she will do once she gives up the seat, but she will at least be taking some time off, she said.
Although the town’s fixture in the clerk's office will no longer be there after the May 19 election, Brown said she hopes the level of service continues when she leaves.
“I would hope that the standards we have brought to the office and other clerks have brought. I think people have an expectation of the standard, and I’m hoping it will remain. There’s a deal of latitude in the town clerk's office. It’s how you do it that makes the difference,” she said.
Numerous other seats are up for election this year besides the three-year town clerk position, including a three-year selectmen seat, a three-year assessor seat, a three-year School Committee seat, a one-year term moderator, a three-year term for Planning Board member, and two three-year term library trustees.
Candidates must pull papers and submit them with at least 100 signatures of registered Scituate voters by 5 p.m. on Monday, April 2.
So far, numerous people have pulled papers for available seats, including incumbent Rick Murray for a selectmen’s seat.