EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

March 22, 2013

Groveland voters to choose selectman, Housing Authority member

Ballot set for May 6 election

By Bruce Amaro

---- — GROVELAND — A local brother and sister want to make the Board of Selectmen a family affair.

Kathleen Greaney is among the three candidates for an open selectman seat in the May election. She is the sister of Selectman Donald Greaney.

Kathleen Greaney is running against Anthony Dalton and Joseph D’Amore for the three-year seat. The seat becomes vacant when 18-year veteran selectman William Darke steps down at the end of his term this spring.

The board has three members.

The deadline has passed for candidates for all Groveland offices to return nomination papers to the town clerk.

In the May election, Groveland has 15 open positions, but only two of them are contested — for selectman and a Housing Authority member.

Jay Collins is running for the five-year Housing Authority seat held by Linda Anderson.

Voting in the May 6 election will be in Town Hall from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Groveland has 4,765 registered voters. Town Meeting will be April 29 at the Bagnall School.

In the race for the selectman seat, Dalton said he wants to bring his banking and financial services career experience to bear on the town’s finances. He said he has more than 16 years experience working in a bank fraud department and understands the changing fiscal landscape locally and on the state level.

“I’ve worked my way up through the industry,” he said. “I understand fiscal responsibility and how important it is to members of this community, especially when it comes to the elderly and our youngest community members, our children.’’

Kathleen Greaney said she wants to preserve and improve Groveland’s culture. She said some change are necessary, but she wants to help those happen in a way that bring long-term benefits to the town.

“Groveland has been my home,’’ she said. “It’s where I can say that I have spent the best days of my life and the selectman’s job will give me an opportunity to work closer with the town and the community.’’

Selectman candidate Joseph D’Amore said his financial successes as a member of the Pentucket School Committee have brought him experience that would be valuable on the Board of Selectmen.

“I helped reduce costs in the School Department when I helped lower the health care costs,” he said. “We had the non-union employees agree to a higher co-pay.”

The union employees co-pay was not reduced, D’Amore said.

Here are candidates for other available town positions, all uncontested according to the ballot:

:Tree warden: Incumbent Mark McCabe.

Light commissioner: Incumbent Kermit Cross.

Road commissioner: Incumbent Robert Arakelian.

Water and sewer commissioner: Incumbent John Willett.

Town clerk: Incumbent Anne Brodie.

Board of Health: No candidates took nomination papers.

Assessor: William Darke.

Library trustees: Incumbents Barbara Gauvin and Kathleen Prunier for two positions. Carlos DelCastillo is running for the third available spot.

Cemetery commissioner: Incumbent Richard Sciacca.

School Committee: Incumbent Lisa O’Connor.

Planning Board: Incumbents Robert Arakelian and Walter Sorenson Jr. for two seats.