WVN #490: Guide to the brief election season
- Dear Wayland Voter,
If you haven't been paying much attention to local politics lately, this will help you prepare during the days remaining before the April 2 town election. Note the annual Candidates Night forum Thursday March 21 at 7:15 in the Town Building.
The field of contested races is small and the issues are important. A Board of Selectmen that for years voted unanimously on almost all important matters now sometimes splits 3-2. Both men contending for the one seat being vacated say they can bring about efficiencies.
But their backgrounds, messages and supporters make it clear that Tony Boschetto is seen as representing change and David Gordon Cliff is seen as a like-minded replacement for John Bladon, who usually sided with the "establishment" that focused in the last decade on building a new high school and the Town Center project. The latter, promoted in 2006 to "fit our town and fund our future," proved controversial and sparked hostility between the selectmen and other boards. When Boschetto speaks of efficiencies he talks about better budgeting and returning unspent money to taxpayers to avoid overtaxing residents. Cliff says services should be preserved.
School Committee candidates Donna Bouchard and Jeanne Downs are similarly paired. Bouchard is seen as representing change as did retiring Shawn Kinney, who pressed for better financial management. Downs comes through the ranks of the PTO, as did the Finance Committee's Cherry Karlson, School Committee Chair Barb Fletcher, and former School Committee Chair Lori Frieling who moved on to become an officer in the political action group SoS (Save Our Services). Endorsements and yard signs sometimes jointly endorse Boschetto/Bouchard or Cliff/Downs.
Bouchard has been a frequent attendee, and commenter, at School Committee meetings. Downs attended a meeting last Monday night and said nothing. Regular attendees couldn't recall seeing her there before.
To get a sense of the issues and candidates, and the enthusiasm of some voters, read endorsement letters in the Wayland Town Crier:
Each candidate has set up an election campaign website:
Those resources are good preparation for the first candidate event of this brief political season, the League of Women Voters 63rd annual Wayland Candidates Night on THURSDAY MARCH 21 in the Large Hearing Room of Town Building. You can share refreshments and conversation with candidates at 7:15 p.m. The presentations and Q&A run from 7:30 to 9:30. Telecast on WayCAM.
A week later, THURSDAY MARCH 28, former Town Moderator Peter Gossels will again be the host of the "Ask the Candidates Live" WayCAM telecast, 7-8:30 p.m. You can phone in questions for the candidates (508-358-3742) during the show.
WVN will report on both events.
Election day is TUESDAY APRIL 2. Polls are open from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m. More information:
Other dates to remember: Annual Town Meeting begins on THURSDAY evening, APRIL 4 in the High School Field House, with the second session on SUNDAYafternoon, April 7 beginning at 1 p.m. WVN will issue a preview newsletter.
The warrant will arrive in the mail by the end of this week. See: http://www.wayland.ma.us/Pages/WaylandMA_TownNews/019E09F6-000F8513
Seniors who need a ride to the polls on April 2 or to Town Meeting should contact the Council on Aging at 508-358-2990 to arrange free transportation.
WaylandeNews has conveniently collected information on the candidates at:
-- WVN Staff
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Michael Short, Editor