Hoffkins OK’d for finance seat won by candidate who declined to serve
Published 4:53 am, Thursday, December 3, 2015
Democrat Kevin Lennon, who was elected to the finance seat in the Nov. 3 municipal election, declined to take the post. He had sent a letter Nov. 7 to Town Clerk Betsy Browne informing her of his decision, and did not appear at the oath-of-office ceremony for other candidates elected last month.
Under the town charter, finance board vacancies are filled by the Board of Selectmen. The appointee must be of the same political party as the person who previously held the seat, in this case, a Democrat. However, it does not mean the selectmen holding a majority on the board have to approve an appointee endorsed by a political party.
In this case, the Democratic Town Committee recommended former Representative Town Meeting member Kevin Hoffkins for the open seat. Hoffkins also ran for the Board of Finance, but was beat out for a seat by fellow Democrat Lennon.
“There has been a long-standing agreement between both the parties in town,” Republican Selectman Chris Tymniak said, “the party picks the person they feel represents them the best. I’d like to continue that tradition.”
Tymniak, who ran for first selectman last month but lost, serves on the board with Republican Selectman Laurie McArdle and Democratic First Selectman Michael Tetreau.
Noting Hoffkins’ earlier service on the RTM, Tetreau said Hoffkins has made a commitment “to our town in many ways.”
Lennon’s campaign for the seat had been very low-key. He was not in attendance at the League of Women Voters’ candidate forum and did not answer candidate questionnaires. He also did not respond to a request for comment on his decision not to serve.
His letter to Browne said, “Please note that my circumstances have changed and I will not be taking the seat I won on the BOF. Thank you.”