Candidates seeking town-wide office in Wellesley had until Jan. 16 to collect 50 signatures in support of their candidacy and turn in their nomination papers to the Town Clerk. Below is the list of those willing to contribute their time and talents to the town’s local government.
The order of listed candidates below is based on when candidates pulled nomination papers. The ballot order will be determined by a random drawing on Feb. 1.
There are three contested races this year, the most competitive being for Select Board—four candidates are running for only two open slots for the chance to join the town’s chief executive board.
The Natural Resources Commission has three candidates running for two open positions, while Planning Board has two candidates running for one opening.
Wellesley votes during the annual town-wide election AND the Presidential primary election on Tuesday, March 5, 2024.
Candidates for the 2024 Annual Town Election
MODERATOR—vote for one for a one-year term
- Mark G. Kaplan
SELECT BOARD—vote for two for a three-year term
- Colette Emma Aufranc
- Ann-Mara S. Lanza
- Marjorie R. Freiman
- Odessa M.B. Sanchez
Update (1/23/24): Peggy Rossano, who had been a candidate, has withdrawn.
BOARD OF ASSESSORS—vote for one for a three-year term
- W. Arthur Garrity III
BOARD OF HEALTH—vote for one for a three-year term
- Marcia Testa Simonson
WELLESLEY HOUSING AUTHORITY—vote for one for a five-year term
- Lisa Kaufman Heyison
WELLESLEY LIBRARY TRUSTEES—vote for two for three-year terms
- Maura Elizabeth Murphy
- Diane C. Savage
NATURAL RESOURCES COMMISSION—vote for two for three-year terms
- Beatrice Bezmalinovic Dhebar
- Kenneth C. Largess III
- Steven Park
PLANNING BOARD—vote for one for a five-year term
- Patricia Ann Mallett
- Grant R. Pollock
BOARD OF PUBLIC WORKS—vote for one for a three-year term
- Scott K. Bender
RECREATION COMMISSION—vote for two for three-year terms
- Paul Cramer
- Mark W. Wolfson
SCHOOL COMMITTEE—vote for two for three-year terms
- Linda Hsiu-Ling Chow
- Niki Brinkman-Ofenloch
TOWN CLERK—vote for one for a three-year term
- KC Kato
Didn’t turn in nomination papers but still want to run for town-wide office? A pathway is still open. Residents interested in being write-in candidates are encouraged to declare their intent with the Town Clerk prior to the March 5, 2024 election.
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