As the Republican Town Committee searches for a second Board of Education candidate for the fall election, it is clear that Michael Harman will stay on and Morgan Whittier will move on.
The RTC unanimously endorsed Harman at its caucus Tuesday. RTC Vice Chairman John Boulton will serve as a placeholder until another candidate is found. Boulton served for nine years on the Board of Education, five of them as chairman.
"I do fully expect that we'll have somebody," James Palen, RTC chairman, said. "I'm quite excited about a couple of the candidates."
Palen said the RTC expects to have a new candidate for the Board of Education in the next four to six weeks. The term of office for the Board of Education seats is three years.
Whittier's decision to not seek re-election was personal.
"I felt that nine years on the Board of Ed was enough and there are some other volunteer activities to which I would like to dedicate my time," Whittier said in an email.
Harman was elected to the board in an uncontested race in 2011.
"Michael has been a tremendous addition to the Board of Education," Palen said in an email following the caucus. Harman also serves as the Board of Education's clerk.
The RTC nominating committee also endorsed John Visi for another two-year term as registrar of voters.
"John was unanimously nominated to serve another two years," Palen said. "The RTC was extremely proud to nominate him for another two-year term." Palen said Visi and Democratic Registrar of Voters Kathy Hammell "have worked wonderfully together to affect a lot of great change."
During Visi and Hammell's first term, they successfully consolidated the polling places in town to create a more efficient Election Day.