Selectman John Drobinski Pulls Papers for Re-Election

A victory on March 31 would allow him to serve a total of 30 years.

Sudbury Selectman Chair John Drobinski. Patch file photo
Sudbury Selectman Chair John Drobinski. Patch file photo
John Drobinski has held a seat on Sudbury's Board of Selectmen for 27 years.

On Monday, he decided to make a go of it for 30 years.

According to Sudbury Town Clerk Rosemary Harvell, Sudbury's longest-standing selectman pulled papers for re-election.

Since becoming a selectman in 1987, Drobinski has been active in all facets of the town, including the Atkinson Pool construction, the Noyes roof/window/boiler upgrade, while also volunteering time to major open space and recreation projects.

He has been a Sudbury resident since 1978

In May 2012, Drobinski came under fire during the Lavendergate incident, insisting the town move on from the happenings of May 9 when the local restaurant and bar was slapped with a liquor license violation. Then Chairman Larry O'Brien recused himself from all conversations on advice from town counsel after admitting he was there past the allowed serving hours, leaving Drobinski and then Vice Chair Bob Haarde to discuss to matter.

Haarde pushed for further discussion and investigation after learning then town employee Elizabeth Rust, who was at the bar, was cited for a third OUI. Drobinski balked at the idea, saying it would hurt the community.

Drobinski last ran in 2011, beating out challenger Mike Hullinger, 1,782-1,142.

Drobinski is the first resident to pull papers this year for the selectmen's race.

Sudbury Public Schools Committee incumbents Rich Robison and Ellen Winer Joachim, the chair and vice chair, respectively, pulled papers on Jan. 7 to run for re-election.

Newcomer Lisa Kouchakdjian is challenging for one of the seats.   

According to Harvell, there will be 13 official positions open for election on March 31. Interested candidates must file their intentions on or before Feb. 6, and return their nomination papers on or before Feb. 10. 

The other open positions are:
  • Board of Assessors - One 3-year term
  • Goodnow Library Trustee - Two 3-year terms
  • Goodnow Library Trustee - One 1-year term to fill vacancy
  • Board of Health - One 3-year term
  • Park & Recreation Commission - One 3-year term
  • Planning Board - One 3-year term
  • Sudbury Housing Authority - One 5-year term
As of Jan. 13, the only other residents to pull papers were Nancy Hershfield for the vacant Goodnow Library Trustees (1-year term) and Barbara Pryor (three-year term).

Included as part of the Annual Town Election will be an election of two members for three years each to the Lincoln-Sudbury Regional District School Committee.

According to District Clerk Donna Cakert, incumbents Elena Kleifges (vice chair) of Sudbury and Patty Mostue of Lincoln have pulled papers, as has newcomer and Sudbury resident Mike Walsh.

Nomination papers and packets for Town offices are available at the Town Clerk's Office for incumbents, whose terms are expiring, as well as new candidates. The packets cannot be mailed and must be picked up in person by the candidate. 

Contact the Town Clerk’s Office at 978-639-3351 or clerk@sudbury.ma.us with questions.

Candidates for Lincoln-Sudbury Regional District School Committee may obtain nomination papers and packets from Cakert at Lincoln-Sudbury. 

Call the District Clerk at 978-443-9961 with questions. 

Robert Fucci (Editor) January 13, 2014 at 02:13 PM
Sudburytoo January 13, 2014 at 03:09 PM
30 years later and still no sewer on route 20. Seems every town building is in dire need of repair costing multi millions and we have had more override requests than any other town around. We also now have a Town Manager, an Assistant Town Manager and multiple staffs of admin. We still have 2 school administrations and a whole bunch of unwanted low income housing. The past 30 years has not been the best for Sudbury. Sudbury can do better.
JON999 January 13, 2014 at 04:04 PM
thank goodness for no sewer on rte. 20 - that road is not pretty, but it's better than hulking 3 1/2 story commercial facades, enormous 40Bs, and worse traffic. (and without the $10-15 million construction bill delivered to residents.) I'd like to see someone else on the Board of Selectmen. change is good. Chuck Woodard has been energetic and thoughtful and not afraid to express himself apolitically. let's add more like him.
Silence DoBad January 14, 2014 at 07:08 PM
Here is a terrific idea. Lets elect someone that will NOT SPEND MORE MONEY THAN WE HAVE! just an idea.
pmotw January 15, 2014 at 09:02 AM
30 years is way too long. When he started was that right around when the unfunded liability started? How many millions is that up to now? Anyone surprised this is not a hot topic?
kdroop January 31, 2014 at 09:25 AM
John has been and will continue to be a strong leader. A selectman is obligated to carry out the votes taken by town Meeting. Despite all of the criticisms, he has always been fair, measured and interested in what is good for the town. Every selectman comes with their own personal biases, but in large part, John has managed to set this aside and lead our town for thirty years as a consistently fair Selectman. Maybe you disagree, but the voters have put him there, time and again. Thank you John for your incredible commitment to Sudbury. I look forward to the next three.
Silence DoBad January 31, 2014 at 09:42 AM
KDroop, aka John's Mom. Move over John you have embarrassed and shamed the position like your colleagues. How did you Get home from Lavender again? Ohhhh that is right, you walked home? You hitch hiked? You bummed a ride? GROW UP MAN, THIS IS NOT A FRATERNITY HOUSE THIS IS A TOWN COUNCIL. Here is another idea enunciate while addressing the community and do not close down dissenting opinion to protect your crony friends you are looking to pay off and keep quiet about your extra curricular exploits.
pmotw February 03, 2014 at 04:30 PM
I cannot and will not ever vote for Mr. Drobinski or Mr. O’Brein ever again. They both deliberately blocked Mr. Haarde from being Chairman of the BOS when he deserved to be. This has to tell you something if they didn’t want their fellow Selectman to be Chairman. It’s way over due for someone new.


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