Lufkin, Pellicani compete for Warren seatVoting is Monday, March 24
Warren — No strangers to town government, Bill Lufkin and Marianne Pellicani are vying for a seat on the Board of Selectmen that is being vacated by Dan Davey.
Wayne Luce is running uncontested for the opening being left by the departure of Chairman Doug Pope.
Lufkin and Pellicani served together on the board several years ago, and both hope to have the opportunity to serve the town again following the Tuesday, March 24 election.
Lufkin has been a volunteer fireman since 1970 and an Emergency Medical Service basic member licensed since 2000. He was assistant fire chief for 28 years before stepping down in 2000 "to make room for younger people who wanted to become chief."
He has served on the Board of Selectmen twice before, including a stint as chairman until a conflict with work forced him to step down from that post. Recently retired after a 20-year career at FMC, Lufkin hopes to bring common sense back to the board.
"Warren has the same issues as other towns," said Lufkin, adding "now I have the opportunity of time — to do it right."
He said there needs to be a balance between keeping taxes down while still providing the necessary services.
"There are more taxes not being paid and less funds available for day-to-day operations," said Lufkin.
Lufkin said the board needs to stop micromanaging the departments and let the department heads do that.
"We need to look at what is going on overall, and if there is a disagreement work it out with the town manager," said Lufkin.
Coming from a family including seven brothers and sisters, Lufkin is one of six still living in Warren. He resides there with his wife Delia. The couple has three grown daughters and six grandchildren.
"I'm not sure one of us would be stronger — we are fairly equal," he said of his competitor. "I am younger," he added.
Being the first female to serve on the board of selectmen, Pellicani held that position for 14 years.
"I've always been active in town affairs," said Pellicani, who attends all the meetings. She served as interim town manager in short spurts.
She has worked on the town cemeteries board for 25 years, and is so-called retired after owning a seafood business.
"With over $600,000 in unpaid taxes and the town borrowing," Pellicani said "there are some things that I think could be curbed a bit."
Pellicani said she feels the biggest challenge facing the town is money. "No matter how you cut it, there are a few places that could use some attention."
She believes that having a town manager that is on board and a couple veteran selectmen is a good thing.
As for her strength — "years", Pellicani simply said.
"I've been accused in the past of counting paperclips," she said. "It's time to get back to that."
Warren residents will have the opportunity to cast their ballot Monday, March 24 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. at the town office. Town meeting is Tuesday, March 25, at 7 p.m. at Warren Community School.
Courier Publications reporter Beth A. Birmingham can be reached at 594-4401 ext. 125 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.