EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

February 25, 2014

Three run for Newton one-year selectman seat

By Doug Ireland

---- — NEWTON — Three candidates are seeking a one-year seat on the newly expanded Board of Selectmen.

The candidates are Matthew Burrill, Robert Miller and Christopher Stephan, who did not submit a profile. The election is March 11.

Incumbent Selectmen’s Chairman Raymond Thayer filed for the seat, but is withdrawing from the race because of poor health.

His name will still appear on the ballot because it has already been printed, according to town moderator Robert Dezmelyk.

Thayer, who has served in several town positions, was elected to the board in 2008. He was also town clerk and tax collector for 15 years.

Voters approved a citizen petition article last year, 459-311, to increase the Board of Selectmen from three members to five. The article was proposed by former Selectman Lawrence Foote, one of the candidates for two three-year seats on the board.

The other candidates for the seats are James Doggett, Elliott Estey, John Neveux and Russ Riccio.

Name: Matthew Burrill

Age: 41

Occupation: Attorney, compliance auditor

Incumbent: No

Elective office experience: None

What is the most important issue facing selectmen? The balance must be found between the tax burden and investment. Selectmen must collaborate effectively with department heads. Data should drive decisions as in business.

Name: Robert Miller

Age: 40

Occupation: Information technology manager

Incumbent: No

Elective office experience: Planning Board

What is the most important issue facing selectmen? The most important issue is the rising cost of living and how state cuts have placed a financial burden on local taxpayers.