Selectman Nancy Maloney Withdraws Nomination for Re-Election
WEST BRIDGEWATER- Chairman of the Board of Selectmen Nancy Maloney issued a statement at the start of the March 9 Selectmen's meeting explaining her decision to withdraw her candidacy from the 2016 race for Selectmen. She would have been running for re-election to a third term.
Maloney faced three challengers but said her decision to withdraw was related to responsibilities at work as well as her desire to serve in other capacities. "It is with great emotion that I withdraw my nomination for another term on the Board of Selectmen," Maloney said. "My job responsibilities include out of town travel on a biweekly, sometimes weekly basis and it is difficult to schedule my travel around Selectmen's meetings."
Maloney was concerned that she was unable to serve adequately. "I'm not sure I can give the position the focus that the residents deserve from their selectmen. Also there appears to be interest in my seat," Maloney said. "Given that others are willing to sacrifice the time and energy to be a selectman, maybe it's time."
Over the course of her tenure as Selectman, Maloney instituted two rounds of Strategic Planning, increased accountability with regular performance evaluations, and held annual Appreciation Day cookouts for employees and town volunteers. During her time as Chairman, a post she held twice, Maloney often invited new firefighters to be sworn in publicly and presented various proclamations for residents, employees, and volunteers. Prior to her service on the Board of Selectmen, Maloney was a School Committee member and volunteered in various local organizations.
Fellow Selectmen Eldon Moreira and Jerry Lawrence offered parting words for Maloney as well, whose last meeting will be April 6, 2016. "Thanks again from this community, who really appreciates all you've done," said Moreira. Lawrence jokingly offered congratulations inspiring laughs from Maloney and the audience as well. "You'll enjoy the time," he said.
"I have no regrets," Maloney said. "It's truly been a great ride."