Wareham election to feature contested races for Selectmen, School Committee

Feb 10, 2018

Contested races for Wareham’s April 3 town election are taking shape as it appears that four candidates will vie for two Selectmen seats and five candidates will seek two School Committee seats.

In the Selectmen’s race, incumbent Selectman Alan Slavin and Planning Board member Marc Bianco are vying for one seat. Newcomers Faith Berry and Mary Bruce are seeking the other seat, left vacant by Selectman Judith Whiteside who abruptly resigned in January. Whiteside did not specify her reason for leaving. Selectmen terms are for three years, but due to the resignation, whoever wins Whiteside’s former seat will serve two years.

In the School Committee race, five people are seeking two seats, both for three-year terms. Current members Judy Caporiccio and Geoff Swett intend to run as do Rebekah Pratt, Rebecca Kennen and Michael Flaherty. The top two vote getters will be elected to the School Committee.

All candidates must secure the signatures of 50 registered voters to appear on the ballot. The last day for candidates to notify the Town Clerk’s office of their intention to run was Feb. 9. Candidates must return the signatures for authorization by 5 p.m. on Feb. 13.

Other potential candidates that are looking to appear on the ballot include: incumbent Deputy Moderator Joseph Ashley, incumbent Sewer Commissioner Jim Giberti, Steven Curry and John Donahue for two assessor seats and Don Jepson and Sandy Slavin for the Wareham Sewer Commission. Jepson intends to run for the non-sewer user seat on the commission while Slavin is seeking the sewer user seat.