Seymour runs for Ward 5 seat
Marlborough - As Maura Navin Webster, the city councilor for Ward 5 in Marlborough, steps down, Robert Seymour, a member of the School Committee, has announced he is running to fill the seat. Seymour made the announcement Dec. 12.
Webster was re-elected in November, but she recently accepted a position with the American Heart Association, which requires her to relinquish any elected office. Webster will step down Sunday Jan. 6, 2008.
A date for the special election to fill her seat will be selected next month, according to the city clerk's office.
In an interview, Seymour said that continued development in Marlborough would be a priority, especially for high-profile redevelopment projects in Ward 5, such as the armory building.
Seymour said he thinks development in the city is going well and needs to be continued, but the character of the city should be preserved.
"It's a tight-knit community even though it's roughly 40,000 people," Seymour said. "It hasn't become commercialized. It hasn't become Framingham."
Seymour also said one of his priorities would be to expand the recycling program. He said the city has a recycling rate of about 14 percent, which is low, and more revenue could be raised if more people recycled.
"We don't have a mandatory recycling program here," Seymour said. "There's a fair amount of lost revenue there."
Seymour said he ap- plauded the eff orts of the City Council and mayor, who have brought the city to good financial health even as neighboring towns find it difficult to balance their budgets.
"They've done such a great job of trying to rein in spending without choking everyone off ," he said.
He said he is likely to take an interest in financial matters, because he works with financial issues already, in the state's department of Public Health, monitoring early childhood programs.
Seymour said he does not expect to run unopposed, and is ready for the race to get started.
Webster told reporters she has not yet endorsed Seymour for the seat, but will do so.
"I fully plan on supporting him," Webster said. "I'm very happy that he's running."
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