Candidates for 2023 Westwood Town Election


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Town Election is coming up on April 25, 2023, and there are three contested races in this election cycle. They are for the offices of Select Board, School Committee, and Library Trustee.

For Select Board, incumbent Michael Walsh's current term is expiring and he faces a challenge from Joseph Previtera to retain his seat.

On School Committee, the terms are up this May for current Chair Charles Donahue and Clerk Amanda Phillips. While Mr. Donahue is not running for re-election, Ms. Phillips is in the running. Joanna French and Thomas Themistocles are the other candidates in a race where only two seats are available. 

On the Board of Library Trustees, Maureen Murphy Von Euw is running for re-election in a race where Wendy Hickey and Melissa Orabito are also running. Two seats are available.

The Field of Candidates for Positions in Town Government

The following list shows the open positions and candidates who are running, as they currently appear on a sample ballot prepared by Westwood's Town Clerk's office:

Assessor (1 position, 3 year term): Mark F. Murphy

Housing Authority (1 position, 5 year term): Elissa Gordet Franco (running for re-election)

Library Trustee (2 positions, 3 year term): Maureen Murphy Von Euw (candidate for re-election), Wendy O. Hickey, Melissa S. Morabito

Moderator (1 position, 1 year term): James M. O'Sullivan (running for re-election)

Planning Board (1 position, 3 year term): Phillip M. Giordano (candidate for re-election)

School Committee (2 positions, 3 year term): Amanda L. Phillips (candidate for re-election), Joanna M. French, Thomas M. Themistocles

Select Board (1 position, 3 year term): Michael F. Walsh (candidate for re-election), Joseph E. Previtera

Sewer Commissioner (1 position, 3 year term): Francis X. Macpherson, Jr.

Tax Collector (1 position, 3 year term subject to change pending possible charter change): No candidate listed. The possible change in term limit is a reference to the recommendation by the Charter Review Committee that the town amend its bylaws to allow this position be appointed.

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