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Contest shapes up for town clerk post

March 02, 2011
CHARLTON — If both candidates return their papers, this spring's ballot will feature a somewhat unusual contest as Darlene Tully and William Guy vie for the town clerk's job.

For both of them, May 7 will be the first time they let the voters determine their fates.

Tully, who has served in that role for about a year since Sue Nichols retired because of illness, acted as Nichols' assistant for 16 years. Guy is probably best known for his on-stage and behind-the-scenes roles as a longtime member and current president of Gateway Players.

The fact she has opposition doesn't bother Tully, who said she didn't see it having any effect on how she does the job in the meantime.

"I'll do things the exact same as I would if Bill wasn't running against me," she said, noting that means organizing things during the run-up to election day, but not helping on May 7 beyond answering questions for her own assistant. As of December, the state's revised ethics rules clarified that officials running for re-election should still do their official duties, Tully said.

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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