VanDer Pol considers bid for Marion Selectman seat
Marion — One person, so far, has pulled papers to run for the Selectman seat, left open by Steve Cushing, who said he will not run again.
Matthew VanDer Pol, who owns VanDer Pol Landscaping, decided to run for Selectman after hearing so much discussion about the Town House renovation project.
He said after receiving the Town House survey in the census, he called Selectman Steve Gonsalves to discuss and share his opinion.
After feeling so well heard by Gonsalves, he started thinking about his father’s involvement with the Planning Board in Fairhaven when he was a kid, and he decided to take action.
“I started to think about things and realized you can either sit on the sideline or get involved and be part of the decisions,” he said.
VanDer Pol said if he wins he wants to work on planning for the future, listening to voters and prioritizing projects.
“We need to look at our buildings, all our buildings…and ask where are we?” VanDer Pol said. “We need to figure out where we stand.”
The last day to file papers with the registrar is March 20 and the election is May 12.
Currently, only two people have returned their nomination papers for other positions – Patricia DeCosta, who is running for the assessor position, and Ray Pickles, the town clerk incumbent.
There are also two positions up for Marion School Committee, but no papers have yet been drawn for them.
Nomination papers for Marion’s town election are available at the Town Clerk’s office.
The complete list of candidates and those who have taken out nomination papers is as follows: for Selectmen, three year term, Matthew VanDer Pol; for assessor, three year term, Patricia DeCosta; for moderator, one year term, no candidates yet; for Board of Health, three year term, incumbent Elizabeth Dunn; for Planning Board, three positions for three year terms, incumbent Eileen Marum; for town clerk, three year term, incumbent Ray Pickles and Jay Rider; for tree warden, three year term, Steve Gonsalves; for Marion School Committee, two positions for three year terms, no candidates yet; for ORR School Committee, three year term, incumbent Paul Goulet Jr.; and for Open Space Acquisition Commission, three year term, Amanda Chace.