No candidate to run for two Mattapoisett school committee seats – Reuters

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By Meg McIntyre
State House Press Service

When Mattapoisett residents go to the polls in less than a month, their ballots will show two vacancies on the school board and no candidate to fill them.

None of the incumbents who would be re-elected this year have withdrawn or returned documents declaring their candidacy, according to the town hall office.

Two other potential candidates pulled out papers in March but did not file them by the city’s deadline.

“Last September, my husband and I welcomed our second child into our family and I’m ready to open up the seat to someone who has more time to devote to the position,” incumbent Karin Barrows said in a statement to Sippican week. “I am so grateful for my time on the board and grateful to the people of Mattapoisett who entrusted me with the responsibility of making critical decisions about their children’s education during such a tumultuous time.”

The other incumbent, Shannon Finning-Kwoka, did not respond to requests for comment from Sippican weekreports the newspaper.

The board is made up of five members, one of whom is a delegate of the Old Rochester Regional School Committee which governs the regional schools serving Mattapoisett, Rochester and Marion. Candidates could still be elected to the two empty seats via written campaigns. Mattapoisett’s election is scheduled for May 17.

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