The election deadline has come and gone, and it is down to four candidates.
As of Tuesday’s deadline at 5 PM, Mashpee Town Clerk Deborah F. Dami announced that four residents had filed nomination papers for the one-seat election to replace John J. Cahalane on the Mashpee Board of Selectmen.
Robert Bono, Elana Doyle, Michael R. Richardson and David W. Weeden filed completed papers to the town clerk.
Brian Weeden and Christopher Willander had also pulled papers, but did not return them by Tuesday’s deadline.
The special election will be held on Tuesday, October 1, at Christ the King Church Parish Hall.
The one-off election will replace Mr. Cahalane, who died earlier this year after 20 years on the board of selectmen. His seat would have been up for reelection in May.
The latest election, while only filling an 8-month seat, could have some wide-ranging implications, especially for the town’s wastewater efforts. The board is considering who will take over the implementation of the project and the sewer operation once the project is completed.
Will the town will continue to oversee it, or if they will pass it off to the Mashpee Water District? The current, four-member board seems split on the decision.
Mr. Richardson is a former two-term selectman who sits on the finance committee. He is executive director of the Penninsula Council in New Seabury, and advocated for opiate treatment and environmental issues during his time on the board starting in 2009.
Mr. Bono is the owner of La Plaza Del Sol, which has been in the news recently. The long-time Mashpee motel was discussed briefly at a selectmen’s meeting last week when a resident complained about the ongoing police activity. The selectmen said that they will host a public hearing on the matter at a meeting later in August.
David Weeden is not new to Mashpee government. He served a term on the planning board that ended in May. During his three-year tenure, he pushed to clean Mashpee’s water bodies and for conservation. He is also a sitting member on the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal Council. Mr. Weeden lost a reelection bid to new planning board members Joseph D. Callahan and John F. Phelan.
Ms. Doyle is the creator of the Mashpee Message, a popular Facebook page among Mashpee residents. Ms. Doyle ran unsuccessfully for a seat on the school committee in May.