Nine candidates vying for five seats on Franklin School Board

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Monitor staff
Published: 9/26/2022 7:16:13 PM
Modified: 9/26/2022 7:15:24 PM

There are nine candidates vying for five open seats on the Franklin School Board this year, and voters will be choosing among them in the City Election in October.

The five School Board seats that are up for election this year include one seat in Ward 1, three seats in Ward 2 and one seat in Ward 3.

In Ward 1, Marie Danforth and Jack Finley are running against each other for a three-year term. Incumbent Cecile Cormier, who has been on the board since 2020, is not seeking re-election to the School Board.

In Ward 2, Liz Cote and Peter McLaughlin are running against each other for a one-year term on the board. The seat was vacated by incumbent Dave Testerman, who is now running for a different school board seat.

Testerman, who was appointed to the board this year to fill a vacancy created by a member who resigned, is now running for a two-year Ward 2 seat, against incumbent Laurie Cass, who has been on the board since January. The seat is up for election this year because Cass was a runner-up in last year’s school board election as a write-in candidate with 11 votes, and took the position after the winner – another write-in candidate with 23 votes – declined to serve.

Desireé McLaughlin is running unopposed for the third Ward 2 seat, which is a three-year term. Incumbent Paul Doucette, who has been on the board since 2020, is not seeking re-election.

In Ward 3, challenger Robert “Roy” Hubble will be running against incumbent school board chair Tim Dow, who has been on the board since 2014.

Voters will cast their ballots on Franklin’s City Election Day Oct. 4. Polls are open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Eileen O

Eileen O'Grady is a Report for America corps member covering education for the Concord Monitor since spring 2020. O’Grady is the former managing editor of Scope magazine at Northeastern University in Boston, where she reported on social justice issues, community activism, local politics and the COVID-19 pandemic. She is a native Vermonter and worked as a reporter covering local politics for the Shelburne News and the Citizen. Her work has also appeared in The Boston Globe, U.S. News & World Report, The Bay State Banner, and VTDigger. She has a master’s degree in journalism from Northeastern University and a bachelor’s degree in politics and French from Mount Holyoke College, where she served as news editor for the Mount Holyoke News from 2017-2018.

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