By Josh Perry
Hometown Weekly Staff
Two weeks ago, Medfield Town Clerk Carol Mayer discussed with Hometown Weekly the scarcity of candidates running for town office ahead of the March 28 election. With only a few days remaining until the deadline to return nomination papers (Monday, Feb. 8), a candidate has come forward to fill a seat on the Board of Selectmen, but (at the time of writing) there was still no one running for Town Assessor.
Warrant Committee members Barbara Gips and Mike Marcucci each pulled papers for the selectman seat, although Gips decided against running once another candidate emerged. Marcucci looks to be running unopposed (barring someone pulling papers this week or a write-in candidate joining the race) to fill Richard DeSorgher’s seat after the Town Historian chose not to seek re-election.
Despite having only about two months to campaign, Marcucci has said in an announcement declaring his candidacy that he is planning a “robust” campaign.
“I am excited to speak with as many Medfield residents as I can over the next two months,” he wrote. “There are many important issues facing the town, and I look forward to sharing my plans for the future and, more importantly, to hearing from voters about their hopes and visions for Medfield’s future.”
Marcucci has been on the Warrant Committee since 2013 and is currently serving as its chairman. He noted the ongoing Medfield State Hospital planning as the most important issue facing the town in the near future, but also highlighted zoning regulations to “preserve the historic character of the downtown” as another topic of concern.
Also in the past two weeks, Medfield School Committee chairman Chris Morrison and member Tim Bonfatti both announced that they will be running for re-election. Morrison is seeking a third term and Bonfatti a fourth; both are currently running unopposed.
Both men pointed to the school district’s ongoing work to create a Strategic Plan as an important issue that the schools will be dealing with in the coming months. Also mentioned was the state’s decision to adopt MCAS 2.0 and how that will impact the district and the students.
“The advent of MCAS 2.0 will make us redouble our efforts to ensure our teaching is aligned to the curriculum,” said Morrison in his campaign announcement.
“I’m sure we will continue to do well because our curriculum is much richer than the minimum standards MCAS 2.0 will test.
For more information about the upcoming elections, including information about joining the race for any of the seats on the ballot, visit www.town.medfield.net.
Josh Perry is an Editor at Hometown Weekly. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org and followed on Twitter at @Josh_Perry10.
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