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Town Moderator

The Moderator must be a resident and registered voter of Wellesley, elected for one year term. The moderator presides at and manages Town Meeting and decides all questions of order. The moderator also has appointing authority for Advisory Committee (15 members); Permanent Building Committee (5 members); Human Resources Board (5 members); Audit Committee (5 members); Special Committees per Town Meeting and some appointments to the Community Preservation Committee (4 members).

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    Mark Kaplan

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Why are you running for this office? What are your top priorities?

Candidate for Re-Election
Relevant Experience Law practice in public sector labor law; TMM 10yrs: Advisory Comm (V. Ch.) HRB; Moderator since 2019
As Moderator for the past two terms, I have had the benefit of presiding at both traditional in-person town meetings and pandemic mandated remote meetings which enables me to better understand the pros and cons of both formats and to employ best practices at both. An equally important part of being Town Moderator is reaching out to a diverse group of citizen volunteers to serve on the Audit, Advisory, Community Preservation, Human Resources and Permanent Building Committees. Anyone interested in serving on any of these committees should let me know at moderator@wellesleyma.gov.