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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.

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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