2 ex-selectmen challenge incumbent.


Byline: Bill Fortier

UXBRIDGE - Three people are running for two three-year seats on the Board of Selectmen in today's annual town election.

They are Peter Baghdasarian, 73, of 67 Johnson Road, incumbent Beth A. Pitman of 2 Jackson Court and Thomas F. "Tim" Rice, 72, of 36 Pleasant St.

Selectman Cari Kay Robertson announced earlier this spring she was not seeking re-election.

Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the high school gym, 62 Capron St.

Mr. Baghdasarian was a selectman for many years before losing his re-election bid to Peter Petrillo last year. He was elected to the Board of Health last year, and he said he will stay on that board if he is victorious.

"The problem is that we have had a string of one-term selectmen, and nothing ever gets done, so the town is in worse and worse shape," Mr. Baghdasarian said.

He said the town revamped its bylaws in 2008, and are confusing, and need to be studied again. For example, he said, a business seeking a special permit from either the Zoning Board of Appeals or the Planning Board has to fill out forms that ask, among other things, how many and what types of shrubs might be planted.

The town is in poor condition financially, Mr. Baghdasarian said.

"We need to get a handle on spending," Mr. Baghdasarian said.

Mr. Rice said he started...

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