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Sad to see Buckley go

February 13, 2012

While School Committee member Bill Buckley and I often had policy disagreements, I am disappointed to see him not run for re-election in 2012. He had previously told 180 that he was fully expecting to run, and that is why I was surprised by his announcement that he would instead pursue graduate school studies.

As I recall, Buckley was at one time the youngest elected Town Meeting Representative in Walpole history, although he clearly has grown a few years older now and I believe that title was later taken by another member of the same family, Bobby Buckley.

Buckley is a great individual who served on the School Committee with a genuine desire to help the town. He cared about making sure that the school district was top-quality. We may disagree about exactly how to make it top-quality, but such is the nature of politics.

He may have been the youngest member of the School Committee, but his points were consistently sound, reasonable, and sensible. I have a lot of respect for him. I am sad to see him go.

Good luck, Bill.

Now speculation begins as to who will run to replace Buckley on the School Committee. Will an anti-override, conservative candidate run? Where is James Taylor when you need him?

Would Christine Coury run on an anti-override platform?

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