GRAFTON, Mass. - Former Selectman Craig Dauphinais has joined the growing field of candidates seeking election to the Grafton Board of Selectmen, pulling papers just hours before Chairman David Ross announced he will not seek re-election.
Dauphinais, a two-term selectman who stepped away from his post in 2010, pulled nomination papers Tuesday afternoon. He had waited until Ross decided against seeking a second term.
"I've been thinking about it for a few months," said Dauphinais, now a member of the town's Capital Improvement Planning Committee. "I've enjoyed my time on the CIPC and I just really started to miss it. Things are a little quieter at home with the kids, so the opportunity is there."
He joins former Planning Board Chairman Bruce Spinney and Zoning Board of Appeals member Robert Nault in the race. Long-time Selectman Peter Adams recently announced his decision to not seek re-election.
Ross took a moment before the start of Tuesday's meeting to formally announce he will not seek re-election, citing family and career needs.
"Over the past couple of months I spent a lot of time thinking about what it means to sit on this board," Ross said. "It's been an honor to serve."
One aspect of campaigning that is new to Dauphinais: the need for an online presence. His daughters, he said, helped him create a Facebook page for his campaign.