Alisa Brewer (left center) Jim Wald (right) at Monday Select Board meeting
With incumbents Alisa Brewer and Jim Wald running for reelection to the highest elected position the town has to offer, one-fifth of a mayor, the 5 member Select Board will maintain its steady if not staid course.
No small feat after the tragic sudden death of Town Manager John Musante.
Because there are two Select Board seats open that means voters get to vote for two candidates. And since Mr. Wald and SB Chair Brewer have worked side-by-side together over the past six years it's a pretty safe bet who they will each tell their friends to support with that second vote.
If Alisa has 1,500 voters who go to the polls specifically to support her and Mr. Wald also has 1,500 to specifically support him but each supporter casts their second vote properly then both candidates end up with 3,000 votes.
Makes it kind of hard for an independent lone wolf candidate to rack up a victory, even when second place counts as winning.
In fact, as often is the case with Select Board recently, there may not even be a contest other than the two guaranteed winners. And normally that would translate to an all too typical pathetic local voter turnout, which every now and then barely manages to break 10%.
But not this time -- not by a long shot. With the Charter change question on the ballot -- bringing with it the glorious opportunity to terminate tedious Town Meeting -- the voter turnout will easily surpass 30%.
The 9 member Charter Commission should be able to produce a new and improved blueprint for better local government (Anything But Town Meeting) in time for the 2017 election.
And in the meantime, Alisa Brewer and Jim Wald will do a fine job keeping those Select Board seats warm.