Town Moderator is Only Contested Race on Tewksbury Ballot

A large number of incumbents will be on the ballot, which features only the one contested race.

Election Day is approaching in Tewksbury. But there won't be many decisions for voters to make on April 5.

Just one contested race developed for this year's election as last week was the deadline for residents to return papers to get their name on the ballot. 

According to a list provided by Tewksbury Assistant Town Clerk Michele Sullivan, Doug Sears will take on Jerome Selissen as the pair vie to replace current Town Moderator Keith Rauseo, who is not seeking re-election.

Initially Sears returned papers to run for re-election to the Board of Selectmen on January 6, but on February 3 he had a change of heart and opted instead to seek election as Town Moderator.

The following is a complete list of those who returned their papers and are eligible to be on the ballot:
  • Bruce Panilaitis -- Board of Selectmen
  • Brian Dick (Incumbent) -- School Committee
  • Patrick Joyce (Incumbent) -- Library Trustee
  • Robert Homeyer (Incumbent) -- Library Trustee
  • Louise A. Gearty (Incumbent) -- Housing Authority
  • Charles Roux (Incumbent) -- Board of Health
  • Vincent Fratalia -- Planning Board
  • Doug Sears -- Town Moderator
  • Jerome Selissen -- Town Moderator
Donna Robitaille pulled papers for Planning Board but did not return them by last Monday's deadline.
Mary April 01, 2014 at 10:41 AM
If you want to attend a well run Town Meeting without it being a three-ring-circus, vote for Jerry Selisson. He is a level headed human being without a temper. JERRY SELISSON FOR TOWN MODERATOR! Don't forget to vote on Saturday, April 5, 2014
Donna Marie Robitaille April 01, 2014 at 11:35 AM
The thing is that the voting is not about the moderator race when politics are in politics are in play. Mary I assure you that there are safety nets in place by law that will not permit a three ring circus to ever happen. Everything about Town meeting decisions are approved by the Att.Generals offfice. There could never be a mishap to that magnitude by the moderator. Any person becoming a town official as Moderator for Town meeting would act accordingly. It would be unlawful not to.
Donna Marie Robitaille April 01, 2014 at 11:37 AM
Yes Mary I know about the media slack. I think we could see positive changes if a committee would like to form and speak to town manager.
Karyn April 01, 2014 at 01:24 PM
Donna said: "I can not recall Doug sears ever going back on his word or playing dirty politics." Clearly you don't know the man nor have had personal dealings with said person when you were not in his corner. He has burned a lot of bridges solely through his OWN doing. I agree 100% with Mary and Shelly.


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