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4 pursuing bids to replace town clerk

Town Clerk Nancy M. Oates is retiring after 31 years on the job, and the race to succeed her in Duxbury is shaping up as an interesting one.

Those vying for the $80,000-a-year job include her daughter and a former assistant who tried unsuccessfully to unseat her in the last election.

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Oates’s daughter is Jacqueline Oates Haskell, who works in management at Linden Ponds, a senior living community in Hingham. Susan Kelley, who is assistant to the town manager, previously was assistant town clerk.

Last year, Kelley challenged Oates for the job, but lost, 459 to 378 votes.

Haskell and Kelly turned in their nomination papers with the required number of signatures by last Monday’s deadline, securing their place on the ballot for the March 22 election. They will be joined by Catherine Callahan and Maureen Herrmann.

Oates, who recently turned 83, was a former teacher, a mother of nine, and recently widowed when she became town clerk.

“I’m going to miss it,” she said. “I loved every minute of it.”

She said she plans to fill her time walking her dog, a Labradoodle, and spending time with her 19 grandchildren and one great-grandchild, who was born in November.

Jean Lang can be reached at
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