Selectmen McGrath, Dunford Have Different Views On Running Again

By: Ed Maroney

Topics: Politics , Orleans news


ORLEANS Selectmen Chairman Sims McGrath, whose term ends this May, is ready to move on if somebody else will step up.

“I will not categorically say that I will not run, but I do feel that it's someone else's turn,” he said Tuesday. “So I hope someone, some qualified people, will take out papers, and I hope to get a vacation. But I'll do it again if I absolutely have to.”

The board's vice chairman, David Dunford, is facing the same decision. First elected in 2005, he is in his fourth term and 12th year as a selectman. For the moment, Dunford said, he is “undecided” about another run.

McGrath joined the board eight years ago in a special election to fill an unexpired term. Before that, he was on the planning board for 12½ years, was elected to the board of health for three years, and served on the town's wastewater steering committee.

“I think having fresh ears, eyes, and minds on a task is always valuable,” McGrath said. “I think I've taken my turn. I like to say that Orleans may not have term limits, but Mrs. McGrath might.”

He doesn't have “any pressing agenda” for involvement after service on the board, but added that “we all want to see some sort of progress” on issues such as water quality. He's happy that Orleans “is on a much better fiscal footing than when I joined the board. It's a well run town.”

McGrath serves also on two county groups: the Cape Cod Water Protection Collaborative and the Cape Cod Metropolitan Planning Organization.

David Currier, an unsuccessful candidate for selectman at last October's special election, could not be reached for comment at press time.