Diggs Not Seeking Re-election in Chelmsford

January 10, 2019
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CHELMSFORD -- The Board of Selectmen will see at least one new member in April.

Chairman Glenn Diggs is not running for re-election to a second term, he announced Monday night, first on Town Talk on Chelmsford Telemedia and then at the board’s meeting.

Diggs said he had decided before he first ran three years ago that he would only serve one term. He said he and his wife plan to travel the country in their motorized RV sometime over the next year or two, and that would prevent him from putting in the amount of time and effort required to do the job well.

“I think everyone on the board understands and anyone who’s been part of a past board understands, that although this may be a part-time job, it’s about as full-time job as a part-time job can be,” Diggs said at the board’s meeting.

In his tenure on the board, Diggs led the charge for hiring a business development director and forming a Tax Classification Study Committee. In December, a 3-2 majority of the Board of Selectmen, including Diggs, voted to split the town’s tax rate for the first time in 20 years.

Diggs said he’s enjoyed working with the various members of the Board of Selectmen and other town officials over his term.

Diggs encouraged others to get involved, and said he would make himself available to anyone who wants to learn more about what goes into serving as a selectman. He said he still intends to run for re-election as a Town Meeting representative for Precinct 2, and that he may become involved in other town committees in the future.

Selectman Pat Wojtas, whose seat is also up for election this year, is running again.

Virginia Crocker Timmins, a member of the Route 40 Study Committee, has also pulled nomination papers for Board of Selectmen.

On the School Committee, the seats held by John Moses and Barbara Skaar are up for election. As of Wednesday night, Moses was the only one who had pulled papers for the committee.

Also as of Wednesday, only Michael Walsh, also a member of the Route 40 Study Committee, had pulled papers for one of the two full-member seats up for election on the Planning Board. The Board of Selectmen and Planning Board on Monday appointed Walsh to serve out the remainder of former member Ed Roux’s term that is up in April.

The town election will be held April 2. Nomination papers are available at the Town Clerk’s Office through Feb. 8 and must be returned with signatures by Feb. 12.

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