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Race Setting Up for Sudbury Public Schools Committee

Incumbents Rich Robison and Ellen Winer Joachim have pulled papers, as has hopeful Lisa Kouchakdjian.

Race Setting Up for Sudbury Public Schools Committee
The first contested race for Sudbury's Annual Town Election is starting to take shape.

According to Town Clerk Rosemary Harvell, incumbents Rich Robison and Ellen Winer Joachim, the chair and vice chair, respectively, pulled papers on Jan. 7 to run for re-election.

Newcomer Lisa Kouchakdjian has also pulled papers.

Robison and Joachim, along with the rest of the Committee, came under scrutiny in 2012 during the  Janice Donahue saga, in which the long-time Noyes Elementary School teacher lost her job over accusations of inappropriately intervening in a fight between two students.

The Committee supported Superintendent Anne Wilson's decision,  which irked parents who had signed an online petition to have Wilson removed.

Last year, in what was a close race, Scott Nassa edged out Matt Barach by less than 100 votes for former member Lisa Gutch's spot.

According to Harvell, there will be 13 official positions open for election on March 31. Interested candidates must file their intentions on or before Feb. 6, and return their nomination papers on or before Feb. 10. 

The other open positions are:
  • Board of Selectmen - One 3-year term

  • Board of Assessors - One 3-year term
  • Goodnow Library Trustee - Two 3-year terms
  • Goodnow Library Trustee - One 1-year term to fill vacancy
  • Board of Health - One 3-year term
  • Park & Recreation Commission - One 3-year term
  • Planning Board - One 3-year term
  • Sudbury Housing Authority - One 5-year term
As of Jan. 7, the only other residents to pull papers were Nancy Hershfield for the vacant Goodnow Library Trustees (1-year term) and Barbara Pryor (three-year term).

Included as part of the Annual Town Election will be an election of two members for three years each to the Lincoln-Sudbury Regional District School Committee.

According to District Clerk Donna Cakert, incumbent Elena Kleifges (vice chair) of Sudbury has pulled papers, as has newcomer and fellow Sudbury resident Mike Walsh.

The other incumbent, Patty Mostue of Lincoln, has yet to take out intention papers, Cakert said.

Nomination papers and packets for Town offices are available at the Town Clerk's Office for incumbents, whose terms are expiring, as well as new candidates. The packets cannot be mailed and must be picked up in person by the candidate. 

Contact the Town Clerk’s Office at 978-639-3351 or clerk@sudbury.ma.us with questions.

Candidates for Lincoln-Sudbury Regional District School Committee may obtain nomination papers and packets from Cakert at Lincoln-Sudbury. 

Call the District Clerk at 978-443-9961 with questions. 

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