Various town offices up for grabs in May elections

Jan 10, 2023

May’s Town Election may result in a few new faces across Wareham’s town offices.

This spring, there will be opportunities to run for positions on the Select Board, School Committee and more.

Election Day is Tuesday, May 2, with submission for nomination papers due on Tuesday, March 14.

Both the Chair and Clerk positions on the Select Board will be on the ballot this spring. 

Select Board Chair Judith Whiteside said that she plans to run for reelection. 

“I see opportunities for reinvestment and I want to be a part of it,” Whiteside said. 

She has served on the Select Board four different times, starting in 1981. 

Whiteside said she believes the Select Board is in need of continuity. 

“We have Selectmen who were elected less than a year ago,” she said. 

Whiteside said that she is looking forward to progress being made on a multitude of town projects, such as the urban renewal of Main Street.

Select Board Clerk Tricia Wurts is closing in on her first term. Wurts said that she is still contemplating whether to run for reelection. 

“I’ve really enjoyed the work I do and helping the town grow,” she said. “If I don’t [run for reelection] it would be because of personal reasons.” 

School Committee Secretary Joyce Bacchiocchi and Chairman Kevin Brogioli both said that they were still considering whether to run for reelection. 

Bacchiocchi, who is approaching the end of her second term, said that she was happy to have been a part of projects such as the construction of the new Elementary School. 

“There are a lot of exciting things happening in the schools,” she said. 

Constable Shelli Mobilia was first appointed in 2016 and served her first elected term this past year. 

Mobilia said that she is still unsure whether to run for reelection, but is strongly considering it. 

“I love being a part of the town of Wareham and serving the people,” she said. 

Other open positions include two three-year assessor positions, one five-year Housing Authority position, a three-year Sewer User Commissioner position, and a three-year At-Large Sewer Commissioner position. The current holders of these positions could not be immediately reached for comment.

For those interested in running, nomination papers will be available at Town Hall starting Monday, Jan. 30.