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Scott Nassa Eyes Another Run for SPS Committee

10 residents have pulled papers for the March 25 Annual Town Election.

Two Sudbury residents have pulled papers for the March 25 Annual Town Election with the hope of joining the Sudbury Public Schools Committee.

One of those residents is Scott Nassa, who lost out in his bid two years ago to current members Chair Rich Robison and Ellen Winer Joachim.

"I can confirm that I have pulled papers, gathered the necessary signatures and will submit them to the Town Clerk's office this week," Nassa told Sudbury Patch in an email

The other resident challenging for SPS Committee is Matthew Barach.

They are vying for Vice Chair Lisa Gutch's seat. As of 9 a.m., today, she had not pulled papers for re-election, Town Clerk Rosemary Harvell said.

"Residents have until Feb. 1 at 5 p.m. to pull papers," she said.

Among the incumbents who have pulled papers so far is Board of Selectmen Vice Chair Bob Haarde.

Haarde's seat is the lone seat available this year. Haarde was a key figure in the investigation into last year's Lavendergate scandal.

Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School board members Kevin Matthews and Radha Gargeya have also pulled papers for re-election, as has Goodnow Library Trustee Carol Hull.

Martin Long is vying for the Planning Board.

Richard Williamson has pulled papers for Park and Recreation.

Harvel said candidates have until Feb. 5 at 5 p.m. to return their signed papers to the Town Clerk’s office.

There are 15 positions in total available for Annual Town Election.:

  • Board of Selectmen - One 3-year term
  • Board of Assessors - One 3-year term
  • Goodnow Library Trustee - Two 3-year terms
  • Board of Health - One 3-year term
  • Park & Recreation Commission - Two 3-year terms
  • Park & Recreation Commission - Two 2-year terms
  • Planning Board - Two 3-year terms
  • Sudbury School Committee - One 3-year term
  • Sudbury Housing Authority - One 5-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.

Sudbury Citizen January 08, 2013 at 04:12 PM
Barach is a Lisa Gutch look a like. Look at his web site. He will do a divorce for $ 1,000. A real home wrecker. Just what Sudbury needs.
Bobby Beagan January 08, 2013 at 05:09 PM
Sudbury Citizen - when are you going to stop slamming people? Do you know Matthew Barach at all? I personally don't. But I do feel like I know you. You are spineless and you obviously don't have enough to do during your work day. You feel like you can throw out cheap shots at everyone you feel like. Mr. Fucci - please stop this anonymous blogger from ruining more and more posts with his negative and sometimes slanderous comments. Sudbury Citizen - are you going to finally step out from behind your alias and tell us what good you do for Sudbury? Add me to your list now - it will give you something more to do during your busy work day.
Sudbury Citizen January 08, 2013 at 05:34 PM
What good I do, I volunteer at my church, at Goodnow, at Loring School, and Sudbury Angels. I'm married to a @#%& employee who has a high profile job.Who tells me the truth about what really goes on here. I have now given you enough details for which my husband now will be very upset with me.
joanne January 08, 2013 at 05:42 PM
My vote will be for Scott Nassa. He is a man of integrity. He is always willing to listen and ask the tough questions. Which is what our current SC is lacking. We need someone who is going to take the time to listen to the community, right now the SC gives each speaker 3 min, and they are busy rolling their eyes and making faces. (and sending emails).
Spirit of 01776 January 08, 2013 at 06:00 PM
During the last election, an email Scott Nassa sent to Gutch ended up going viral. In my opinion, the behavior of the Gutch and some of her political allies in this case was reprehensible -- especially if, as I have heard, Nassa’s family was harassed in church. That said, the content of the email was disturbing. I hope Nassa addresses the entire situation if he does in fact run.
sudburycitizentoo January 08, 2013 at 06:15 PM
Wow. LOL!!! The pitbulls in one big love fest. LOL!!!!!
joanne January 08, 2013 at 06:23 PM
I'm sorry sudburycitizentoo- are you calling me a pitbull? The editors have asked we stay on topic( which is what I did). We are all adults- no need for name calling
bonnie morrissey January 08, 2013 at 06:47 PM
Scott Nassa's got my vote. He REALLY cares about this town and wants GOOD things to happen, especially as he has 2 young children, 1 currently in the Sudbury public school system. He is not afraid to dig for the truth, ask tough questions, and be proactive about making positive change happen in this town.
SkimThreePercent January 08, 2013 at 06:57 PM
As they say "the enemy of my enemy is my friend". Scott Nassa is the best choice given the present set of circumstances here in Town. Image being harassed in church by that terrible person merely because he stood up to the Offner/Gutch/O'Brien family!
JON999 January 08, 2013 at 07:33 PM
Scott is a very decent man, humble and honest, and has the best interests of the kids of Sudbury at heart. He has my vote.
Peakham Neighbor January 09, 2013 at 12:44 AM
Trust me, I am looking for every reason to vote for Scott, I agree sweeping changes are needed. But I just cannot get his email out of my mind from the last election cycle. Too bad it was leaked, but I was shocked. Unless I am missing an inside story here, I lost respect for him after reading that email. I definitely would not use the word "humble" to describe that person. If I unleashed an email like that, I would not deserve to hold a town office like the school committee. Sorry.
Sudbury Citizen January 09, 2013 at 03:43 AM
Given the choice of Scott Nassa ( that email was sent privately to Lisa Gutch who then sent it to everyone that had kids at SPS, she had the list ) verses Mathew Barach who brags on his web site to charge only $ 1,000. for a divorce I would vote for Scott Nassa.
sudburycitizentoo January 09, 2013 at 12:12 PM
Agree with you Peakham Neighbor! The "insiders" here love to look the other way if it gives 'em what they wants. Sudbury Citizen is the perfect example!!!! LOL!!!!!!
siobhan hullinger January 09, 2013 at 01:06 PM
Let's hope that this election season is not a repeat of the past five. People tend to forget (or they don't care) that often there are children of candidates that become the victims of the personal attacks. Too often private email transmissions include false information that have long lasting damaging effects on both the candidate and the family. We should celebrate those who put themselves out there and stick to the issues. Personally, I am not going to tolerate tactics such as trying to get people fired, hacking into business relationships systems and out an out fabrications of positions. Meet and greets offered by sitting officials should be disallowed as well. I hope we all hold our elected, appointed and employed to a higher standard which shouldn't be that hard hard given the standard set over the years has been quite low. We are all neighbors - even during election season.
Sudbury Citizen January 09, 2013 at 01:25 PM
sudburycitizentoo, would your opinion be different if your wife/husband comes home one evening and hands you papers from the $ 1,000. quicky divorce attorney. You are now out of your home and missing your kids. I'll take the personal email, thank you very much.
siobhan hullinger January 09, 2013 at 01:49 PM
SC - a divorce attorney does not wreck a marriage. They are only the representative to dissolve a marriage that was broken by the couple. This has nothing to do with his ability to serve where he lives. Let's find out what he has to say first instead of attacking his profession.
Pat Brown January 09, 2013 at 03:30 PM
Completely unrelated, but I observe that there are four positions open on Park & Recreation Commission--two for two years, and two for three years. For historical reasons, we had arrived at the situation in which four Commissioners were elected in 2010, one in 2011, and zero in 2012. This schedule "smoothes out" the elections, leaving us with one Park & Rec opening in 2013, two openings in 2014, and two in 2015. Commissioners will--except where specifically noted--serve three year terms. Both for continuity among Commissioners and to permit new citizen engagement each year, I believe the resulting schedule is a decided improvement over what we have.
Sudbury Citizen January 09, 2013 at 03:38 PM
Ms. Brown, thank you for that clarification. You are a welcome addition to town politics. Thank you for your service.
Pat Brown January 09, 2013 at 04:14 PM
Thanks, Sudbury Citizen. Perhaps this is a good moment to correct my post--it's actually "one Park & Rec opening in 2014, two openings in 2015, and two in 2016". But you knew what I meant.
SudCitizenSINCE85 March 15, 2013 at 08:14 PM
Exactly, my sentiments. Isn't this a "conflict of interest" for a family law lawyer, named Barach, to be on the school board? What if he has a "client" that has issues before him? There is the "client confidentiality" aspect of it all. At least with Attorney Iuliano, he worked at Harvard Law School, and he did keep his work life separate from his volunteer pursuits in the town he resided in. I'm all for someone running for office. There is always a "first time" in politics, but just because one has more education and is a father does not mean they are smarter. Perhaps, Attorney Barach should try another town committee to build his local practice. Besides, everyone knows that divorces do not cost "$1,000". That would be a "starting point"---even the court costs alone for one day = this amount. His charges for travel would equal $1,000 with $250/hour billable. One can always represent themselves, by going "pro se", and you still have filing costs with the court that equal more than $1,000.

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