As the petition deadline nears, some elected officeholders are still deciding whether to run for re-election this Town Meeting Day.
Others have made their choice, notably selectman John Cushing, who, after nearly 50 years of public service has decided to not run again, he said Monday night.
Cushing joined the selectboard in 2015, after a 46-year stint as Milton’s town clerk/treasurer. He’s steadily won re-election to two subsequent one-year posts on the board.
“It’s time to let somebody else do it,” he said. “No real reason other than the fact I have so many other things going on.”
Cushing noted he’d like to spend more time with his grandkids and has commitments at his church.
Fellow board member John Palasik has decided to run for a three-year seat. His second one-year seat also expires this year.
“We’ve got a lot to do,” he said. “We’ve done a lot in two years; we’ve still got a lot more to go.”
Coming off the remaining year of a three-year seat, selectman Chris Taylor is running for a one-year term, he said.
So far only Brenda Steady has filed a petition for a one-year seat for selectboard. She has run for office the last four years.
Treasurer John Gifford is also seeking re-election, and town clerk Sheryl Prince is circulating a petition for her position. Both seats carry three-year terms.
On the school side, chairwoman Lori Donna is still deciding if she will run for re-election. Her three-year term ends this year.
Trustee Greg Burbo, who was appointed to the board this summer after Jennifer Taylor resigned, is circulating his petition. However, he remains unsure if he will definitely run again.
He’s leaning toward entering the race for a one-year seat but said he needs to consider if he’s ready for the “big commitment.”
Vice-chairwoman Cathy Vadnais announced she will not complete her three-year term, set to end in March 2020.
So far, trustee Michael Joseph is the lone person to have filed a petition for a school board seat. He was appointed to the board this past August after then-vice-chairwoman Karen LaFond resigned.
“I felt like there’s still work I’d like to see done in my role as trustee,” Joseph said, including the recruitment of a strong superintendent to replace Ann Bradshaw, who departs in June.
Joseph hopes the board finds a leader who is data-driven, operationally efficient and addresses the concerns of the town. So far, he said his work as a board member is more time-consuming than anticipated, but also engaging, valuable and rewarding.
For library trustees, Veronica Valz and president Jennifer Dooley’s seats are up for re-election. Valz says she plans to run for a three-year term. Dooley did not return the Independent’s request for comment by presstime Tuesday.
Milton resident Judy Schmidt has filed a petition for a library trustee seat.
If interested in serving, Miltonians must gather at least 30 signatures of registered Milton voters and turn in a completed petition by Monday, Jan. 29 at 5 p.m.