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Moderator Harrington Won't Seek Re-Election

"I could keep going (health is not the issue) but a voice inside me is telling me to quit while I’m still going strong," he tells selectmen.

Joe Harringtion. Patch File Photo.
Joe Harringtion. Patch File Photo.

Town Moderator Joe Harrington won't seek a ninth term on March 4, ending a tenure that began in 1990.

"I’ve decided that 24 years is enough," Harrington told selectmen Monday night in a letter, which he shared with Westborough Patch.

"I could keep going (health is not the issue) but a voice inside me is telling me to quit while I’m still going strong."

Nomination papers for the March 4 annual town election became available Monday from the town clerk's office, in the Forbes Municipal Building.

Advisory Finance Committee member John Arnold has taken out nomination papers for a three-year term as moderator.

Also taking out papers are: Ian Johnson, selectman, three years; Patricia Fontes, library trustee, three years; Edward Newton Jr., planning board, two years; and Wendy Mickel, town clerk, three years.

All except Mickel are the current office-holders. Mickel is the assistant town clerk. Town Clerk Nancy Yendriga will retire on Dec. 31 and will not seek re-election.

There's a 5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 10 deadline for taking out nomination papers, Yendriga said in a press release.

There's a 5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 14 deadline for filing signed nomination papers signed by 50 registered voters, she said.

The offices on the ballot are:

School committee: two three-year terms. Incumbents are Ilyse Levine-Kanji and Josephine Hensley.

School committee: one two-year term. The current office-holder is Karen Henderson (appointed after Bruce Tretter resigned).

Library trustee: three three-year terms. Incumbents are Patricia Fontes, Lisa Freeman and Dorothy Mello.

Planning board: one five-year term. Incumbent is Mark Silverberg.

Planning board: one two-year term. The current office-holder is Edward Newton Jr. (appointed after Trevor Beauregard resigned).

Selectmen: one three-year term. Incumbent is Ian Johnson.

Moderator: one three-year term. Incumbent is Joseph Harrington.

Town clerk: one three-year term. Incumbent is Nancy Yendriga.

Housing authority: one five-year term. Incumbent is Priscilla Federici.



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