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May 3, 2013

Groveland voters to elect new selectman

Residents go to polls Monday

GROVELAND – With an 18-year selectman leaving his post, voters will choose a new member of the board next week.

The town’s annual election is Monday. Polls for the town’s two precincts will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Town Hall, 183 Main St.

The ballot has two contested races.

Jay Collins is challenging Housing Authority incumbent Linda Anderson.

Selectman William Darke’s decision not to seek reelection has generated a three-candidate race for that seat. Darke announced his retirement from the board earlier this year, and within days three residents said they were running — Anthony Dalton, Joseph D’Amore and Kathleen Greaney.

D’Amore, a six-year Pentucket School Committee veteran who lost his bid for selectman last year, has returned for another attempt. He said his experience as a member of the School Committee are assets that will help the board as it faces the challenges of a growing town.

“I will bring six years of negotiation and policy development skills from the School Committee experience to solve several complex issues regarding ethics and improving permitting procedures for businesses and homeowners,” he said.

Asked if he thought a debt exclusion or tax increase makes sense as voters face deciding whether to spend $3.7 million to buy 61 acres, D’Amore said he is concerned about residents’ ability to pay.

“For many homeowners, taxes have doubled in the last seven years caused by the normal (Proposition) 2½ increase in taxes but other debt exclusion and override issues,’’ he said. “This has to be curbed.’’

Dalton, a Groveland resident for more than 10 years, said he decided to run for selectman because he wants to address issues the town has struggled with, among them ways to improve the workings of town government.

He said he wants to “work with the existing members of the Board of Selectmen, town heads, boards and commissions to implement proper educational training and certification programs for its members to make sure they understand the implications of the decisions they make on behalf of the town.’’

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