Candidates Q & A round-up — Wellesley votes Sat., June 13th

Wellesley’s local election will take place on Saturday, June 13, 2020. In-person voting for ALL precincts will be held 8am – noon at the Babson College Recreation and Athletic Center, 3 Babson College Dr.

More information here on early voting and how to request a ballot.

Many of the candidates running for office to serve on the Town’s 11 Boards and Committees took the time to answer questions from The Swellesley Report. For your convenience, below is a round-up of all the candidates and a link to their Q&A’s.

This post is sponsored by the Put Wellesley Students First Committee.

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Links to Candidates Question & Answer posts:

The position for moderator is a contested race; vote for not more than one:
Candidate for moderator, Ronald Alexander
Candidate for moderator, Mark Kaplan

The position for Board of Selectmen is a contested race; vote for not more than two:
Candidate for Board of Selectmen, Ronald Alexander
Candidate for Board of Selectmen, Elizabeth Sullivan Woods
Candidate for Board of Selectmen, Thomas Ulfelder

The position for Board of Assessors is an uncontested race; vote for one:
Candidate for Board of Assessors, Stephen Burtt

The position for Board of Health is an uncontested race; vote for one:
Candidate for Board of Health, Shepard Cohen

The position for Library Trustees is an uncontested race; vote for not more than two:
Candidate for Library Trustees, Ann-Mara Lanza
Candidate for Library Trustees, Ann Rappaport

The position for Natural Resources Commission is an uncontested race; vote for not more than two:
Candidate for Natural Resources Commission, Martin Jay McHale
Candidate for Natural Resources Commission, Allison Burson

The position for Planning Board is an uncontested race; vote for one:
Candidate for Planning Board, Thomas Taylor

The position for Board of Public Works (3-year term) is an uncontested race; vote for one:
Candidate for Board of Public Works, 3 years, Jeffrey Wechsler

The position for Board of Public Works, 1-year term, is a contested race; vote for not more than one:
Candidate for Board of Public Works: Thomas Skelly
Candidate for Board of Public Works: Scott Bender

The position for Recreation Commission is an uncontested race; vote for one:
Candidate for Recreation Commission: Nathalie deFontnouvelle

School Committee is a contested race; vote for not more than two:
Candidate for School Committee: Lauren Duprey
Candidate for School Committee: Melissa Martin
Candidate for School Committee: Catherine Mirick

The position for Housing Authority is an uncontested race; vote for one:
Candidate for Housing Authority: Renee Spencer

Non-binding referendum question:

Do you believe the Town of Wellesley should keep our current 7 neighborhood elementary school model by rebuilding and/or renovating the Hardy, Hunnewell and Upham Elementary Schools, instead of closing one school and redistricting all of our elementary students into 6 schools? Please vote YES or NO. A  YES vote would advise the Town of Wellesley to retain our current neighborhood school model by renovating and/or rebuilding the Hardy, Hunnewell and Upham Elementary Schools. A  NO vote would advise the Town of Wellesley to close either Hardy Elementary School or Upham Elementary School, without voter input on which school to close, and to re-district all our town’s elementary students into six schools.