Scituate: Officials schedule special election for selectmen’s race

The Scituate Board of Selectmen has scheduled a special election for November 4, the same day as the state election, to fill the seat left vacant by Selectmen Rick Murray who resigned his position after being offered a job with the federal government.

Selectmen Chair John Danehey said he believes that it might be better to have the selectmen’s race at the same time as the state election, when a large voter turnout is expected.

“Given the numbers that we anticipate for that election, to me it would make sense, if we’re going to do it at all, to do it at that time. We’re going to have the most people turning out to vote – and I think it would be a fair election, for whoever is running,” Danehey exclaimed.

There is the possibility of an override election in January, but having the selectmen’s race then would mean that there would be just five months before the town would need to have another election in May, when the term runs out.

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John Penny is a town news reporter at WATD. He primarily covers stories in the towns of Marshfield, Cohasset, Scituate, Norwell, Hingham, Abington and Quincy.