Meet Marion's selectman candidates

May 14, 2018
The four candidates for Marion's one-year selectman term are W. Dale Jones, Michelle Ouellette Smith, Joe Zora and John Waterman.

Marion — Marion's annual Town Election will be held on Friday, May 18. Polls will be open from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. at the Benjamin D. Cushing Community Center.

Four candidates are running for the one-year selectman term that became available when Steve Gonsalves unexpectedly left the board.

Candidate Randy Parker is the sole candidate seeking the three-year term that will be given up by Jody Dickerson this month.

The four candidates for the one-year selectman position are:

W. Dale Jones: Jones is a former wastewater treatment plant manager as well as experienced construction manager—two skills, he says, that will be extremely beneficial to the town as it considers renovating Marion's Town House, and works to meet required standards for operation of the town's wastewater treatment plant.

Michelle Ouellette Smith: Smith is a member of the Sippican School Committee, Old Rochester School Committee and Marion's Zoning Board of Appeals. She is also a teacher at Acushnet Elementary School. She seeks to increase commercial and industrial growth in town to expand the tax base, as well as restart infrastructure repairs and keep up with wastewater treatment plant upgrades.

John Waterman: Waterman served as a financial analyst for 34 years. He would like to bring his financial knowledge to the town as it sorts out several large expenses, as well make sure that Marion residents get all of the facts and information necessary to make an informed decision on projects and issues facing the town.

Joe Zora: Zora is retired from Lockheed Martin, and is the son of former selectman Joseph Zora, as well as the brother of former Department of Works superintendent Rob Zora. He's running to keep Marion affordable, and to keep government transparent.

 

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