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What Positions Will Sudbury Residents Vote on in March?

In our latest installment of 'You Ask, Patch Answers,' we look into the upcoming Annual Town Election, which is on March 31.

What positions will Sudbury residents vote on during this year's Annual Town Election? Patch file photo
What positions will Sudbury residents vote on during this year's Annual Town Election? Patch file photo
Does it seem as if the election season that started last March never ended?

After the Annual Town Election and Special Town Election of last year, along with the special primaries and Special Election for Congress, Sudbury voters are now gearing up for their Annual Town Election, again, slated for March 31.

This year, 13 positions are up for grabs, including one for Board of Selectmen and two for Sudbury Public Schools Committee.

John Drobinski, the current Chair who has spent more than two decades on the Board, is up for re-election.

For the SPS Committee, current Chair Rich Robison and Vice Chair Ellen Winer Joachim have to decide whether to run again.

Robison, along with the rest of the Committee, came under scrutiny in 2012 during the Janice Donahue saga, in which the long-time Noyes Elmentary School teacher lost her job over accusations of inappropriately intervening in a fight between two students.

The Committee supported Superintendent Anne Wilson's decision, which irked parents who had signed an online petition to have Wilson removed.

Last year, in what was a close race, Scott Nassa edged out Matt Barach by less than 100 votes for former member Lisa Gutch's spot.

According to Town Clerk Rosemary 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 Monday afternoon, only Barbara Pryor had pulled papers, according to Harvell. Pryor is running for re-election for Goodnow Library Trustees.

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.

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 the District Clerk, Donna Cakert at Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School.

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

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