Goshen’s town election on Saturday features race for School Committee seat

  • Carla Raymond is a candidate for the Chesterfield-Goshen Regional School Committee in the June 4 town election. Contributed Photo

  • Andrew Watt is running for a seat on the Chesterfield-Goshen Regional School Committee in the June 4 town election. Contributed Photo—

Staff Writer
Published: 6/2/2022 2:40:43 PM
Modified: 6/2/2022 2:38:43 PM

GOSHEN — A contested race for the Chesterfield-Goshen Regional School Committee is headlining Goshen’s annual town election on Saturday.

Carla Raymond, 33, and Andrew Watt, 51, neither of whom are incumbents, will square off for a three-year term on the School Committee.

Raymond unsuccessfully challenged incumbent Barton Gage for a seat on the committee last year, and she’s taking another shot at serving this year. A social worker, Raymond will have both a pre-schooler and a second grader at New Hingham Regional Elementary School next school year.

“I think we’re in tricky financial times,” Raymond said, who noted that she would love to be a part of crafting the school budget.

Raymond also said that the COVID-19 pandemic is not over, and she would like to be part of shaping the recovery policy. Additionally, she’d like to explore how the committee can increase staff retention, noting that there have been a number of resignations at New Hingham this year. She’s also a supporter of art and music at the school.

Watt, a former teacher, said that he originally went to the town caucus with the intention of running to be a library trustee. However, he said that when another attendee discovered that he used to be a teacher he was urged to run for School Committee.

“It wasn’t until several days later that I realized that I was running in a contested election,” he said.

Watt said that it is his understanding that the committee balances the needs of the school district against what the town can afford, and that he would bring a teacher’s perspective to this.

He views the job as figuring out how to serve the people who elected you, mentioning the desire to balance the needs of property owners, students in the school and those who staff it.

Watt works as a consultant and professional coach, and he once had a consulting business to bring maker spaces, such as wood shops, back to libraries and schools, although he has since closed this business.

“They’re something that I think about,” Watt said.

Although he sees the benefit of such spaces, he said that “it’s really about listening to what people want,” when asked about promoting them at New Hingham.

There are no other contested races on the ballot Saturday, though every race has a candidate running.

The election will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at John James Memorial Hall, located at 42 Main St. The deadline to request an absentee ballot is noon on Friday, although the ballot must be returned to the Town Clerk’s office by the close of polls on election day.

Bera Dunau can be reached at bdunau@gazettenet.com.
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