Two Vying for Open Water Commissioner Post
In the only contested election in Seekonk this year, besides the Board of Selectmen and School Committee, two local residents have thrown their hat in the ring to become the newest Water Commissioner.
Jeffrey Starr Mararian is a life-long resident of Seekonk and has been involved in Seekonk politics all of his adult life. He ran unsuccessfully for Water Commissioner a few years ago. He said back then he “did my due diligence on how our water system works in town, so I would hit the ground running if elected and show up for every meeting.”
The paramount issue Mararian believes is to protect the water district's aquifers and to upgrade the current bylaws.
His opponent, David M. Melo, has 21 years experience in a public water supply, the past 15 years in a management capacity in a large water system. According to Melo, “my professional experience in a public water supply gives appropriate perspective to planning, financial, and operational needs of the utility.” He believes that water quality and quantity are of the utmost concern. Additionally, “employee training and investing in the utility is the most valuable asset.”
Voters will choose a water commissioner for a three-year term.