Watertown Library Seeking Candidates to Fill Vacancy on Board of Trustees

The historic facade of the Watertown Free Public Library. The Watertown Free Public Library will accept applications from residents interested in serving on the Library Board of Trustees. On Tuesday, the Town Council voted to appoint someone to fill the vacancy on the Library Board of Trustees. The opening occurred when one of the winners of the most recent election, Mara Dolan, resigned before being sworn in because she moved out of town. The Council could have voted to hold a special election to fill the spot, but they decided to seek another option.

Town Officials Must Decide How to Fill Open Library Trustee Seat

Thursday night, the winners of the 2019 Watertown Election will be sworn in, but there will be one fewer elected official taking the oath following the resignation of one of the Library Trustee winners. Mara Dolan, one of three people elected as a Trustee to the Watertown Free Public Library, informed Watertown Town Clerk John Flynn in December that she will not be serving on the board. “Basically, she took another job in another community and moved outside Watertown,” Flynn said. Dolan could not be reached for comment, but she sent a letter to Flynn, which he received on Dec. 17, 2019.

Newly Elected Councilors At-Large Talk About Their Priorities for the Next Term

Watertown Town Hall

The winners of the big race in the 2019 Watertown Election, the Council At-Large seats, can now look forward to what they would like to do over their next two years on the Council. The four winners, Anthony Donato, Tony Palomba, Caroline Bays and John Gannon, each talked about issues they would like to make a priority. Tony Palomba got the second most votes in the election, and returns for a sixth term on the Council. He said that his level of community engagement and his work to help those most in need appealed to voters. Palomba said he would like to “Continue to move the needle on creating affordable housing in Watertown.”

See How Candidates Did in Each of Watertown’s Precincts

A map of Watertown’s Districts: Peach is A, Red is B, Lime Green is C, Green is D.

The winning candidates in Watertown’s race for Town Councilor At-Large topped the voting in each precinct, but they split who won each of the town’s 12 precincts. See that and where other candidates fared best in the 2019 Town Election. Anthony Donato, who won got the highest vote total, with 2,657, won six precincts (Pcts. 1, 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12). Tony Palomba, whose 2,556 was second highest, won in four precincts (Pcts.

UPDATED: Gannon Joins Council Incumbents as Winners in Watertown Election

John Gannon thanked his supporters after being elected to the Town Council Tuesday night. Here he and his campaign manager Kat Powers are shown at the gathering held at The Talk Restaurant. Watertown voters returned the three incumbent Councilors At-Large to the Town Council during Tuesday’s Town Election, and newcomer John Gannon took the fourth seat. The race was the lone contested one on the 2019 ballot. With results from all 12 precincts in, Anthony Donato had the most votes, with 2,657, narrowly ahead of Tony Palomba’s 2,556.

Watertown Election 2019: Find Out About the Candidates, Where to Vote

Watertown voters will go to the polls on Tuesday, and there is one big race on which they need to decide for whom they will cast their votes. The polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The only contested race in the 2019 Watertown Town Election is for Councilor At-Large. There are plenty of choices, however. Voters can vote for up to four people. There are three incumbents and four challengers on the ballot, so at least one new person will take office in January 2020.

LETTER: Library Trustee Candidate Shares His Vision

Watertown Free Public Library

Dear Watertown Residents,

My name is Theodore (Teddy) Kokoros and I am running in the November 5th election to become a Watertown Free Public Library Trustee. Even though I am running unopposed, (there are 3 candidates for 3 open Watertown Library Trustee positions) I wanted to share with you 10 of my priorities if I become a Watertown Library Trustee because you deserve information on every candidate on the ballot so you can make an informed decision on election day. 1. Help the Watertown Library survey as many Watertown residents as possible to get feedback from the Watertown community about what the library does well, what it could do better, and big ideas for The Watertown Library’s future. 2.