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    Three vie in special election for selectman post

    Three candidates have taken out papers to run for an open Board of Selectmen seat in the Jan. 20 special election in Easton.

    Local developer David Howe took out papers on Nov. 6, and special police officer Paul Meehan did so a week later. Finance Committee member Paul Brussard took out papers on Halloween and has already returned them and had them certified, according to the town clerk’s office.

    Candidates have until Nov. 30 to pull nomination papers for the position, which runs through the April 2018 election.

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    The seat became available when chairman Daniel Murphy abruptly resigned from the five-member board in mid-October.

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    Howe is a longtime Easton resident and businessman, who has occasionally clashed with local regulatory boards. On his campaign webpage, he said one of his goals is to strengthen existing businesses in town and recruit new ones, with an eye to limiting the financial burden on the residential tax base.

    On his campaign page, Brussard said he wanted to ensure that Easton was fiscally responsible. He also said he supported “respectful discussion and civil debate while listening to and valuing all opinions.”

    Meehan, a former Easton police officer who is now an appointed special officer, could not be reached for comment.

    Johanna Seltz can be reached at seltzjohanna@gmail.com.