Auburn’s Annual Town Election is Tuesday, May 21.  Polls will be open at the Auburn High School from 8am to 8pm at the Auburn High School gymnasium.

There is only one truly contested race in this year’s annual town election. Selectman Lionel Berthiaume seeks a second term, while challenger Wayne Page makes another run at the BOS.  Both candidates are profiled in today’s edition of Auburn Mass Daily.

There are two candidates for the two openings for Library Trustees; Paula Melican seeks re-election and Jennifer Lee Shea seeks her first term to the post.

Chet Stencel is up for re-election and is the only candidate for a one-year term as Moderator.

For School Committee, Dorothy Kauffman is unopposed in her run for reelection.

Finally, Jack Haroian is seeking re-election to the Southern Worcester County Regional Vocational School Committee (Bay Bath RVTHS), and he is unopposed.

Each of Auburn’s five (5) voting precincts will also elect eight (8) representatives to the Town Meeting. Town Meeting is Auburn’s governing body and is responsible for the town budget and all monetary appropriations. Town Meeting meets in May to set the budget and again at a special Town Meeting in the fall to make adjustments to the annual budget as actual costs and data becomes available.

Precincts 2 and 5 have eight candidates running for each of the eight open seats. Precinct 1 has seven candidates for the eight vacancies. Precincts 3 and 4 have six candidates.

Voters may write in any Auburn resident they choose, so long as that person lives in the precinct in which she/he is selected.

Finally, voters will be asked to vote on a non-binding referendum – Question 1 – that asks whether voters support the Town of Auburn developing a bylaw that restricts plastic bag use by local retail establishments. In September, 2018, the Select Board declined to take a position on the bylaw proposal, choosing to send the referendum to voters.Because both the Commonwealth  and the federal government are both considering various plastic bag regulations, many felt it made sense to hold off on drafting any bylaws that may ultimately be superseded by other legislation.

A non-binding referendum is simply a method for gathering public opinion on a topic. The final vote tally on Question 1 will not affect Auburn bylaws in any way. It will simply be used as a guide as to whether Auburn as a town should pursue drafting a plastic bag bylaw.

A complete list of sample ballots by precinct can be found here:  http://www.auburnguide.com/Pages/AuburnMA_Clerk/Voting/ballots/