One of the five candidates running for two new seats on Sudbury’s Board of Selectmen has dropped out of the race.
In a letter posted on his website, Eric Poch said he will no longer be able to focus on his candidacy due to “increasing family and professional commitments,’’ and called on the remaining candidates to conduct a “civil” campaign.
There are two seats on the ballot in the town’s special election on Tuesday. Poch had been vying for a two-year term on the board against Thaddeus Gozdeck and Charles Woodard. Daniel DePompei and Leonard Simon are competing for a three-year term as selectman, with the board expanding from three to five members.
“With three daughters graduating from two schools and the need to prioritize activities related to their development, as well as new work commitments, I have decided to withdraw from the race,’’ Poch’s letter said. “At this time I will not be able to contribute the time and energy the position deserves.”
The campaign has been contentious at times, most recently highlighted by the cancellation of a proposed debate.
In his letter, Poch said he hopes the remainder of the campaign will be civil so Sudbury can move forward.
“At the end of the day and this election, we all are neighbors of each other,’’ he wrote. “The toxicity associated with town politics needs to end. These are volunteer positions, and every candidate deserves the respectful civil discourse that should accompany any civic service. I sincerely hope that the conclusion of this election process will finally enable the process of coming together to begin and solutions for making our town better for all is the result.’’
The winners will join the three current selectmen, Lawrence O’Brien, John Drobinski, and Robert Haarde.
The board’s expansion has been in the works since last year, when residents voted for the change as a way to increase representation and help spread the workload.
One of the effort’s organizers, Michael Troiano, said he pushed for the change because he thinks the town’s government is run by a group of insiders not interested in change or transparency.
Jennifer Fenn Lefferts can be reached at jflefferts@ yahoo.com.