By Vicki Greene, Contributing Writer
Marlborough – Twelve-year City Councilor Joseph F. Delano, Jr. has announced that he will not seek re-election in the fall. Delano is currently the Council Vice President and heads the Council’s Urban Affairs Committee.
Delano has been in elected office for the past 16 years, four years on the Marlborough School Committee and the past 12 years on the City Council representing Ward 1 in the Northeast portion of the city.
Delano plans to serve out his term which runs through December 2019. Municipal elections are set for Tuesday, November 5, 2019. City Councilors serve two-year terms. He said he will continue to live in the city and work to grow his investment services business on West Main Street.
“I have taken these responsibilities very seriously and have given tremendous effort to justify the people’s trust, often to the detriment of other priorities in my life. Thus, I have decided it is time for me to step away from the City Council and encourage others to get involved in public service,” Delano said in a statement issued late last week. “I hope that we will have several quality candidates looking to represent Ward 1 who will espouse fiscal restraint, smart growth, support for our schools, and most especially a passion for serving their constituents.”
“It’s going to big loss for the city and the Council,” said Mayor Arthur Vigeant. “He’s (Delano) one of the hardest working councilors and is always involved in projects and is a big supporter of our schools.”
The last day to obtain nomination papers for the Nov. 5 election is Friday, Aug. 16. Candidates then have until Tuesday, Aug. 20 to return nomination papers to be certified. Once certified, they have until Tuesday, Sept. 3 to turn them into the Clerk’s Office to become an official candidate.