Blackstone votes April 7

Blackstone votes April 7

BLACKSTONE - A town election scheduled for April 7 will include contests for one seat on the Blackstone Millville Regional School Committee and two seats on the Board of Selectmen, with some promising political newcomers stepping forward in hopes to serve in municipal government.

Paul Haughey, director of student services for the Blackstone Millville Regional School District and a one-term member of the Board of Selectmen elected in 2011, is not seeking a second term.

Incumbent member Margaret Bik, meanwhile, has served for nine years on the board and hopes to be elected for another three-year term. Bik previously served for nine years on the Finance Committee and five years on the Capital Outlay Committee.

Three newcomers will vie for her position, as well as Haughey's open seat. Michael D. Ando, who was appointed in June of last year to serve on the Blackstone Economic Development Committee, will be among the names listed on the ballot. Ando works as the chief operating officer for Envision Technology Advisors, a consulting company with offices in Pawtucket, R.I., and Waltham. He's also a volunteer coach for the Blackstone Millville Youth Soccer Organization and was named by Providence Business News to the "40 Under Forty" list in 2013.

Ando will also run against Russell P. Arnold, a former member of the School Committee and longtime music teacher at Blackstone Millville Regional High School, who retired last year. A Bellingham native, Arnold, now 62, studied at Berklee College of Music, received a master of arts degree from Rhode Island College, and serves on the Blackstone Cultural Council.

Russell L. Wells, a current member of the Finance Committee serving a term set to expire in 2015, will be the final name to appear on the ballot for a seat on the Board of Selectmen. Voters will have the option to choose two of the four candidates to serve a three-year term.

On the School Committee, one seat representing Millville and one representing Blackstone are up for reelection, both for four-year terms. Michael Buckley, who has served on the school board since April of 2008, faces a challenge from Georgette Jarret for the Blackstone seat. Incumbent Jane C. Reggio, meanwhile, will run unopposed for the seat representing Millville.

Elections in Millville will be held the same day, and voters there will also have the opportunity to vote for the Blackstone representative. Seven additional positions up for reelection will not be contested in 2014, with only the incumbents' names slated to appear on the ballot. They include a three-year term as assessor of taxes held by Carole Whiteley; a five-year term on the Blackstone Housing Authority held by Robert Drainville; a three-year term on the Board of Health held by William T. Walsh; a three-year term as moderator held by Frederick J. Stone; a three-year term on the Parks and Recreation Commission held by Kimberly D. Peloquin; and a five-year term on the Planning Board held by Owen T. Bebeau. Margaret T. Keegan, who was appointed in January to fill a vacancy in the Blackstone Housing Authority, will run unopposed on the ballot for that position, which expires in 2016.

The town will hold polling hours from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Residents can find their voting precinct by visiting townofblckstone.org.