Nomination papers are currently available for eleven elected board and committee positions, including Select Board, Housing Authority, School Committee, Finance Committee, and Planning Board. Our community will vote on the next slate of leaders on May 18 and now, more than ever, Holliston needs people committed to fostering equity, diversity, and inclusion embedded in local government. 

Some stats on the current makeup of our Town Government: our representation is 56% male, 93% white, and 62% over the age of 50.* 

For all its small-town charm, Holliston grapples with a pressing need for greater representation and inclusivity in its governance. Diversity enriches perspectives and fuels innovation, yet it remains an untapped resource within the town’s leadership circles.

Running for local office isn’t just about winning a seat; it’s about championing the voices of all residents, regardless of background or identity. By stepping up to run, individuals have the power to ensure that every member of the community feels heard, valued, and respected.

If you are at all interested in running for office, and you believe in the importance of equity, diversity, and inclusion, we strongly encourage you to run for one of the currently open positions. To do so, you need to:

  • request nomination papers (stop by Town Hall during first floor business hours or call the Town Clerk at 508-429-0601)
  • Collect 50 signatures from Holliston registered voters by April 2
  • Be at least 18 years old and a registered Holliston voter

Equity in policy-making, diversity in representation, and inclusion in decision-making processes are not just lofty ideals; they are essential pillars of a thriving democracy. Holliston must strive to create a government that mirrors the rich tapestry of its population, where everyone has a seat at the table and a stake in the future.

Today presents a pivotal moment for Holliston to embark on a journey toward greater equity, diversity, and inclusion. By running for local office, you can pave the way for a more just and inclusive community—one where every resident feels a sense of belonging and opportunity.

Board Positions open for re-election, number and names running

        1. Select Board, 3 year term, 1 open position, 2 running (Damon Dimmick, Tracey R. McSherry)
        2. Board of Assessors, 3 year term, 1 position, 1 running (Jeffrey A. Marshall – incumbent)
        3. Finance Committee, 3 year term, 2 positions, 2 running (James M. Robinson, Jr., Matthew W. Leach)
        4. Finance Committee1 year term, 1 position, 0 running
        5. Board of Health, 3 year term, 1 position, 1 running (John D. Leary, Jr. – incumbent)
        6. School Committee, 3 year term, 3 positions, 4 running (Francis K. Ogura, Alon Yaari, Hilary S. Bresnahan, Joseph Paru)
        7. Trustee of Public Library, 3 year term, 2 positions, 1 running (Karla Alfred – incumbent)
        8. Trustee of Public Library, 2 year term, 1 position, 1 running (Robert M. McGrath – incumbent)
        9. Park Commissioner, 3 year term, 2 positions, 2 running (H. Shaw Lively – incumbent, Richard A. Morse – incumbent)
        10. Planning Board, 5 year term, 1 position, 3 running (Karen Apuzzo-Langton, Devin Howe, James E. Read)
        11. Housing Authority, 5 year term, 1 position, 0 running