EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

February 28, 2013

Former selectman wants to return to Newton board

By Doug Ireland

---- — NEWTON — Former Selectman Robert Donovan Jr. is challenging Selectmen’s Chairman Trisha McCarthy for her seat on the board.

Voters will decide who wins the three-year seat March 12.

McCarthy, a selectman since 2007, said she is looking forward to returning to the board and will continue to promote fiscal responsibility.

Donovan seeks a return to the board after suddenly resigning in January 2011 for personal reasons, leaving the town with only two selectmen for two months. He had served for five years.

Lawrence Foote was elected that March to fill the remaining year of Donovan’s three-year term. Foote failed to win re-election in a four-way race a year ago that led to Charles Melvin joining the board.

Donovan said he is committed to rejoining the board and helping to keep taxes low for residents. He declined to comment on why he left his position two years ago.

Donovan’s resignation was one of several reasons McCarthy and fellow Selectman Raymond Thayer pushed for a warrant article proposed by the board that would increase its members from three to five. The goal was to further spread out the workload.

But the article was determined to be invalid because it had to be proposed through a citizen petition. Foote, who is not running for office this year, has proposed a citizen petition article on this year’s warrant that would expand the board to five members.

Name: Robert Donovan Jr.

Age: 47

Occupation: Project manager

Incumbent: No

Elective experience: Selectman

What do you plan to do if elected? Work with town department heads and residents to keep taxes low and keep Newton a great place to live and raise a family.

Name: Trisha McCarthy

Age: 64

Occupation: Real estate broker, real estate instructor

Incumbent: Yes

Elective experience: Selectman

What do you plan to do if elected? I’ll encourage grant writing, positive attitudes, a team effort, employee education and fiscal responsibility while managing the town’s prudential affairs to achieve prosperity, sustainability, mobility and livability.