Dennis Flynn Enters Grafton Selectman Race

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Dennis Flynn speaks at a meeting on the Grafton and Upton Railroad.
Dennis Flynn speaks at a meeting on the Grafton and Upton Railroad. Photo Credit: Jennifer Lord Paluzzi (file photo)

GRAFTON, Mass.—Dennis D. Flynn, the unofficial voice for a neighborhood that railed against a proposed propane transfer station in North Grafton, pulled nomination papers on Friday for selectman, making him the fourth candidate for two open seats.

Flynn became a vocal presence at selectmen meetings beginning last November when he denounced the Grafton & Upton Railroad’s plans on Westboro Road.  Since then, he has consistently appeared whenever the railroad was on the agenda and occasionally butted heads with Jon Delli Priscoli, the owner of the rail line.

“What is happening to our town?” he said in November to the selectmen and the town administrator over the then-unannounced plans to build the propane station.

Flynn is a retired school superintendent with the town of Harvard and a long time resident of Grafton.

He will be joining a crowded field of candidates.  Selectmen David Ross and Peter Adams decided not to run for re-election.  

The list of those seeking to replace them include former Selectman Craig Dauphinais, former Planning Board Chairman Bruce Spinney, who is running his third campaign, and Zoning Board of Appeals member Robert Nault, a newcomer in the selectmen race.

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He's gonna "take a ride on the reading" and ride this railroad issue to the pinnacle of town government! Chooo, Chooo! (Imagine doppler effect train sound here)

Exactly what we need... I see a couple long time Grafton residents running lets vote them in

Hopefully it doesn't become a certain two members of the BoS using their "political muscle" to have their friends voted in versus acknowledging that some of these candidates will work in the best interest of the town and not rubber stamping the TA's desires. Good luck to Mr. Flynn and all of the other candidates.

Hopefully it doesn't become a certain two members of the BoS using their "political muscle" to have their friends voted in versus acknowledging that some of these candidates will work in the best interest of the town and not rubber stamping the TA's desires. Good luck to Mr. Flynn and all of the other candidates.

Well, well, well. I applaud Mr. Flynn's persistence and patience. His concern with the town government's apparent willingness to accept things without examining their impact is a real driving force. I wonder if Mr. Flynn can translate his focus on the RR into all the mundane, but tax-gobbling, town activities. I hope so.
We have several BoS members who seem reluctant to question, probe, examine. Many proposals are needed, but they should never be accepted without examining the alternatives. But, with no questions, we end up with rubber stamping whatever is presented by the TA.
Remember, vote early, vote often!

Superintendent of schools, that's heavy lumber.
I believe the picture is from an old town meeting. My memory of that town meeting was; that he was articulate and on point, smart, that was my first impression.
Grafton can't lose having smart Selectmen.

Wow this is getting interesting!