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Moraski to run for Planning Board, Southwood for S & W

March 11, 2016

Longtime Walpole Precinct 8 Town Meeting Representative Joseph Moraski will make his first foray into town-wide elected politics, with a run for Planning Board in the June town election.

Moraski confirmed that he took out nomination papers yesterday.

Moraski, a resident of Buckboard Drive, is a leader in an effort in his neighborhood to reduce the impact of a proposed subdivision at the former Sunnyrock Farm on North Street. He was the author of a citizen petition at the Fall 2015 Town Meeting to impose a temporary moratorium on Open Space Residential Development, a measure that passed unanimously.

Moraski, who has bipartisan respect in Town Meeting even though he is a staunch fiscal conservative, enters the race as a clear front-runner for one of the two available seats, as incumbent Richard Nottebart has announced he will not run again, and incumbent Richard Mazzocca appears to be stepping down as well.

Moraski has been a member of Town Meeting off and on for several decades, and has also served on the Finance Committee and a number of other town boards. He is a current member of the Personnel Board.

Ken Southwood, a Precinct 5 Town Meeting Representative, took out nomination papers for Planning Board and Sewer and Water Commission. Southwood announced on Facebook that he intends to run for Sewer and Water Commission. Precinct 6 RTM James Paul Taylor and incumbent John Spillane also took out nomination papers for the one seat available on Sewer and Water Commission.

In other election news, Town Moderator Thomas F. Brady appears to be headed toward re-election without opposition.

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