William Moonan Steps Aside, Leaving an Open Select Board Seat in Bedford’s 2022 Election

There will be a new member of the Bedford Select Board a few minutes after the polls close on March 12, 2022.

William Moonan announced through a letter to the editor of The Citizen late Thursday that he will not seek a fifth three-year term.

Emily Mitchell earlier announced her intention to run for re-election. The field for Select Board now is expected to also feature Shawn Hanegan, whose term on the Planning Board is expiring.

The citizens’ caucus, at which candidates for school and municipal office are nominated for the ballot, is scheduled for Jan. 4. Candidates also may secure 50 certified signatures on nominating petitions.

Moonan is the third veteran official who will forego a re-election campaign. JoAnn Santiago will conclude her career on the School Committee and Bruce Murphy will retire as an assessor at the end of his term.

Moonan, who submitted a detailed summary of his accomplishments on the Select Board (and the Board of Selectmen before the charter-mandated name change), thanked “the many people who supported and advised me over the years and, thus, made this adventure possible.

“It is now my turn to retire and allow a younger generation to lead us into the future,” Moonan wrote.

He stressed that he plans to continue to be active on other boards and committees. Moonan serves on the Bedford Housing Authority as the gubernatorial appointee and also is a member of the Historic District Commission.

Moonan pointed out that, in order to “identify creative solutions to meet Bedford’s current and future fiscal and planning challenges and obligations,” he attended “almost every Finance Committee and Capital Expenditures Committee meeting held since I was first elected.”

“FinCom has treated me as an ad hoc member over the years, asking for my comments and suggestions about many issues,” he wrote.

He also pointed out that he originated and shepherded creation of the town’s cultural district, which received state approval earlier this year.

Mike Rosenberg can be reached at mike@thebedfordcitizen.org, or 781-983-1763

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