Norwell: Residents question residency of incumbent selectmen, a week before election

A Norwell Selectman’s residency will be the subject of an emergency meeting of the Norwell Board of Registrars Monday night . WATD’s Steven Dodrill has the details:


Norwell Town Clerk Patricia Anderson says an emergency meeting tonight will discuss a letter drafted by at least two Norwell residents, and delivered to her office Monday questioning the residency of incumbent Norwell Selectmen John Mariano.

Among the evidence cited in the letter is a statement Mariano made in a Political Forum last Thursday on WATD when he was asked if he was a resident of Norwell.

The letter signed by residents David Campbell and Albert Guild states they believe Mariano is not legally qualified to be a registered voter in the town of Norwell, and was legally obligated to vacate his elected office as a Norwell selectman at the time he left a Grove Street rental property and became domiciled in Quincy.

“It has no merit,” said Mariano, when reached by phone this afternoon. “I’ve been a resident of Norwell since 1982, I own a house, I actually own two houses in the town of Norwell, and I also own an office building, and I don’t think it has any merit whatsoever.”

Anderson says the challenge of Mariano’s registration, will be handled on the local level, and the town’s board of registrars, made of four members, will look into the cited evidence to determine if a complaint should go forward.

The registrars meeting is set for 5pm, at town hall.

“I’ll let them do whatever they have do, and certainly, whatever decision they reach is the decision I will abide by,” said Mariano.

Mariano  says he doesn’t plan to attend the meeting

“I just think, in the heat of a political battle, people try to make what ever political hay they can,” said Mariano. “Its unfortunate; I think my opponent and I have had a very clean race, we have debated the issues, and I think for this to come up at the last minute is really kind of a cheap shot.”

Mariano is locked in a re-election bid, and is challenged by political newcomer David DeCoste.

“I definitely think its a political action being taken this close to the town election that is going to be held this Saturday,” said Mariano.

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About Steven Dodrill

Steven Dodrill left the WATD news team in 2013. "Follow" him on Twitter At Franklin Pierce, Steven worked to introduce new forms of media like YouTube, and Twitter to the Franklin Pierce community.  Steven graduated Cum Laude and with honors in Mass Communication from Franklin Pierce University in May of 2009. Steven focused his education and experience in New Hampshire around sports broadcasting, digital media, broadcast journalism, news, media production, and political reporting. "Like" him on Facebook Dodrill also interned with the Harwich Mariners of the Cape Cod Baseball League during the summer of 2007, and most recently in the spring of 2009 he completed an internship in the newsroom at WMUR-TV in Manchester, NH.