Westborough Hopefuls Speak Out At Candidates Forum

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Westborough School Board member Bruce Tretter makes his case for re-election during a Candidates Night forum. Photo Credit: John Swinconeck

WESTBOROUGH, Mass. — With town elections on March 5, Westborough candidates for the the school board, selectmen, housing authority and library board of trustees attended a forum sponsored by the Westborough Democratic Committee Sunday.

Read about the selectmen’s forum here.

School Board

There are two seats on the ballot for school committee. Incumbents Bruce Tretter and Stephen Doret are both running for re-election. Tretter said he wants to see quality education in Westborough funded in a responsible way. Doret said more work can be done to reduce transportation costs but said he is proud of the work he has done with the teacher’s union in reaching compromises.

Planning Board

Incumbent planning board member Joanne Mallozzi was unable to attend the candidates night due to the weather. She is running unopposed.

Library Board of Trustees

Three seats are open on the library board. Helena Engberg is running for her fourth term, and Kathleen Daly and Edward Baldwin are running as write-in candidates. Daly, a teacher at North High School in Worcester, said she wants more kids to use the library. Baldwin said the library has grown “way beyond books” in embracing new technology, while Engberg referred to the library as “the living room of Westborough.”

Housing Authority

Jill Dupree and William Linanne are competing for a three-year term. Both said they were not familiar with the authority’s operations but hoped to learn more if elected. Linanne said he favored regionalization of area housing authorities and said he would help Westborough get “the biggest bang for the buck” if elected. Dupree said regionalization was “an opportunity to have a good discussion” that would lead to a positive outcome.

Incumbent Charles Naples, who is running for a five-year seat, is unopposed and did not attend the forum.

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