Selectmen Chairman Won't Run For Another Term

By: Ed Maroney

Topics: Politics

Selectman Jon Fuller will not run for another term in May.  FILE PHOTO

ORLEANS Jon Fuller believes he's had his turn at the tiller and won't run for reelection to the board of selectmen in May. “I've already done six terms,” he said. “That's enough.”

Fuller, a leading proponent of downtown sewering, noted that he's been working on wastewater issues for the past 14 years. “Finally we've got some pipe in the ground and are moving forward,” he said of the Main Street sewer work scheduled to begin this spring. “That was one of my major goals.”

A realist, Fuller said he “saw the writing on the wall” when he lost a reelection bid in 2016 by less than a handful of votes. Although he returned to the board that October after winning a special election, he said “people are ready for a change.”

Among those people, it appears, is Fuller.

“It's just that I spend no time with my family,” he said. “There are meetings almost every day, plus doing the agenda and all that. Quite frankly, I'm a little sick of the emails and being accosted at the post office.” Add to that a “busier now more than ever” locksmith practice.

And then there's the Cape Cod Sports Ambassadors, a student exchange program near and dear to Fuller and wife Beverly. They accompanied students to Belgium last year and are gearing up for the arrival of 32 Belgians here in March as the program marks its 50th anniversary.

Fuller said he's heard that a member of a town committee is interested in running for selectman but has not committed.

In addition to one selectmen's seat, the May ballot will include the moderator, board of health (two seats), a Nauset Regional School Committee berth, housing authority and elementary school committee (one seat each), and three Snow Library trustee posts.

David Lyttle said he's “definitely going to re-up” for another one-year term as moderator. The May 15 ballot will ask voters to approve the charter change town meeting OK'd in May 2017 to make that term three years starting in 2019.

There are two three-year terms on the ballot for the board of health. Incumbent Judith DiBrigida said she's “still up in the air” and declined further comment. On the other hand, Joe Hartung said he's “very excited to run again.”

That's pretty much how Deborah Beal feels about her post on the Nauset Regional School Committee. “I am planning to run,” she said. “I have been very involved in trying to improve instruction and in renewable energy and in the capital asset subcommittee. I've enjoyed working with the superintendent and the students and other committee members.”

Snow Library Trustee Mary Beth Finke is just as enthusiastic. “Yes, I sure am,” she said of running for another three-year term. “The library has a wonderful staff doing amazing things including the Life Long Learning program through the Friends of Snow Library. We've had two very successful One Town One Book events. Snow Library is a gem of a facility for the town and for the area.” Fellow incumbents Carolyn Dowd and Mary Reuland said they'd like to keep serving also.

Other incumbents whose terms are up in May could not be reached by press time regarding their plans. These include housing authority member Gilbert Merritt and elementary school committee member Joshua Stewart.

Nomination papers are available for all potential candidates at the town clerk's office. They must be taken out by March 23 and returned with at least 35 signatures of registered voters by March 27.