Sandwich Selectman John Kennan Says He Is Not Seeking Re-Election

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A new face will be looking out from the Sandwich Board of Selectmen in May.

Selectman John G. Kennan Jr., a former chairman of the board, announced yesterday that he does not intend to run for re-election.

Mr. Kennan was elected to the board in 2008 and re-elected in 2011.

In another development, selectman Frank Pannorfi said yesterday that he plans to run for re-election this spring.

Two three-year seats are available on the five-member board this spring.

“There is so much more I can do for our great Town of Sandwich being unencumbered by a seat on the board,” Mr. Kennan said in a statement yesterday.

The selectman said he specifically wants to be a champion of economic development and interface with individuals at the local, state, and federal levels.

“I will look to the Sandwich Board of Selectmen going forward for support for my economic development initiatives,” Mr. Kennan stated. “Ultimately, my goal has always been promoting any and all initiatives to broaden the commercial tax base and job creation.”

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Mr. Kennan, who lives on Main Street, has served as a member of the town comprehensive planning committee, economic development committee, and the Sandwich Economic Initiative Corporation. He is former chairman of the Sandwich Chamber of Commerce.

As an attorney specializing in probate and family law, he is a member of the Sandwich Alliance for Legal and Financial Professionals.

Mr. Kennan was defeated in 2007 in his first attempt to gain a seat as a selectman. He was elected in 2008 and re-elected in 2011.

Mr. Pannorfi, who lives on Wing Boulevard East, most recently was elected to the board in 2011.

He inititally was elected to the board in 2002, ran for re-election and lost in 2005, ran for election and won in 2006, retired in 2009, and then again won a seat on the board in 2011.

“I enjoy it,” Mr. Pannorfi said yesterday when he was asked why he is seeking re-election. “I’ve done it for a while.

“This is probably the most difficult period we’ve been in for the past 10 to 20 years,” he said. The selectman said he has been immersed in the major issues facing the town.

“I want to get these things right,” Mr. Pannorfi said. “I bring the history, I bring the experience.”

Mr. Pannorfi said he had been encouraging Mr. Kennan to run for re-election, and was disappointed and saddened to learn he did not intend to run again.

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Mr. Kennan, he said, led the efforts to expand the town’s commercial tax base, long dwarfed by Sandwich’s extensive residential development.

Mr. Pannorfi said that he and his fellow selectmen may disagree on issues, but that they also work closely together and do not bicker publicly among themselves.

“It’s been a great experience,” he said.

Town clerk Taylor D. White has said nomination papers will become available at his office on February 6. The papers must be returned by March 20.

The town election is scheduled for May 8.

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