April 14, 2021

Seekonk Town Election Monday

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Voters will head to the polls on Monday to cast ballots in the annual town election. All polling will be conducted at Seekonk High School from 7 am until 8 pm.

This year’s contest for two open seats on the Seekonk Board of Selectmen pits incumbents Christopher Zorra and David Viera against challengers Nelson Almeida, Doug Brown, and former Fire Chief Michael Healy.

Almeida is a former selectman and Brown has served on multiple town committees including the Water Commission.

Almeida said he would offer “fairness and transparency” to the board, and pledges to be a “team player.”

Zorra considers himself to be accessible and receptive to his constituents’ needs.

“I always try to respond to everyone, whether it’s by phone call or-mail,” Zorra said. “I’m approachable. I’ll work with anyone as long as it’s for the best interest of the town.”

Healy and Brown both want to see more frugality with town spending.

“I look at things that need to be sustainable,” Healy noted. “We just can’t have everything that we need and want all the time. If we can’t afford it, then we can’t do it.”

Brown believes town government has grown too large for its own good: “We have an assistant town administrator at $90,000, we have a deputy fire chief at $100,000, we have a deputy police chief at $120,000. I think that’s over a quarter million dollars for three employees. I would rather see that money spent on services.”

Viera, also a former Fire Chief, feels experience in town government is important.

“You need the experience,” Viera said. “This is not the time to be bringing inexperienced people onto the Board of Selectmen.”

Incumbent school committee members Noah Escaler and Kim Sluter are running for re-election. They are both unopposed.

Joseph Chauvin is running unopposed for one three year seat on the Water Commission.

Sharon Connors and Cynthia Corbett are running unopposed for two three year seats on the Library Board of Trustees.

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