Adams Selectman Nichols Opts Out Of Re-election Bid
By Andy McKeever On: 02:43PM / Friday March 01, 2013
Nichols served two nonconsectutive terms on the Board of Selectmen, in 2003 and 2010.
ADAMS, Mass. — Selectman Scott Nichols will not be seeking re-election.
The sports director at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts announced Friday that he would not run in the upcoming election.
"After a great deal of thought I have determined due to my personal and professional commitments, I cannot devote the time to the office that the people of Adams deserve," Nichols said in a statement on Friday.
His departure means there will be no incumbents in the election. His seat and the seat of Paula Melville, who resigned from the board, will be on the ballot.
Both Nichols and Melville were elected in 2010, the second part of a massive turnaround on the board. In 2009, two incumbents were ousted by newcomers and Nichols and Melville continued that trend a year later — beating then Chairman Donald Sommer.
This is also the second time Nichols has left after one term. He also decided not to seek re-election in 2006, only to return in 2010.
"I believe there are other potential candidates that may want to run for office and I wanted to give enough notice so they have time to submit their paperwork," Nichols said in a statement Friday. "I want to thank everyone who supported me and wish the board the best of luck in the future."
Nomination papers are due in the town clerk's office by Monday, March 18, and so far Richard Blanchard and Joe Nowak have returned papers and are qualified to be on the ballot. Blanchard has run unsuccessfully twice before; Nowak is on the chairman of the Agricultural Committee and a member of the Conservation Commission.
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