Easton Selectmen Noonan and Barlow Will Not Run For Re-Election
The announcement leaves two seats vacant this spring. Three have already pulled papers for candidacy.
Neither Sean Noonan nor Ellen Barlow will run for re-election to the Easton Board of Selectmen this spring.
Both disclosed the information Monday night at Easton's Board of Selectmen meeting. Barlow mentioned she would not run during the meeting when fellow selectmen appointed her to the Master Steering Committee. Noonan disclosed that he would not run shortly after the meeting.
The two are facing the expiration of their three-year terms in April. Barlow has served two terms with the board and Noonan has served one.
Monday's revelation guarenteed that Easton will have two new Selectmen this spring. So far, three have expressed interest for the two available seats. Dorothy Fulginiti of 78 Elm St., Dan Smith of 585 Turnpike St. and Michael Maloney of 29 Partridge Way have all pulled papers for candidacy.
For the ougoing Barlow, it is the end of an era. Now with a son attenting Bryant University, she has served the last 13 years on Easton committees, seven on the school committee and six on the board of selectmen.
She hopes to spend some of the extra time writing a ficticious novel.
"I think it's just time to move on in the next chapter of my life," she said after the meeting, adding that "it's just been a pleasure to serve in Easton."
Barlow began her tenure in public service when she ran for the School Committee to combat large class sizes. Since then, she said she got to know about other problems around town and expanded her scope to the Board of Selectmen.
"It was more fun than I thought," she said.
Noonan, who served on Easton's Finance Committee for one year before being elected selectmen three years ago, said he may be moving away from the Shovel Town.
"There is a chance I will be moving out of town," he said. "I don't want to start another term just to disrupt it."
Noonan moved to Easton from Stoughton in 2005. He said he would not rule out public service in another town.