The senior member of the Bedford School Committee has decided not to run for a fourth three-year term.
Ann Guay, in a brief statement released Friday afternoon, said, “After careful consideration, I have decided not to seek re-election. It is time for a change, and I look forward to supporting my replacement.
“These past 10 years as a member of the Bedford School Committee were so rewarding. I learned so much and really enjoyed the work,” Guay stated.
The other committee member whose term expires in March, Sarah Scoville, said last month she would make an official announcement at the Town Caucus, which is scheduled for Tuesday at 7 p.m. in Town Hall.
Candidates historically have gravitated to the caucus for nomination to the Town Election ballot. The alternative is to collect 50 signatures on nominating petitions. The 2023 election will take place on Saturday, March 11.
There are only a handful of Massachusetts towns that hold nominating caucuses, but advocates of the tradition say that it is the most efficient way to identify offices for which there are no candidates.
Guay, who was appointed to fill a vacant seat in 2008 before the first of her three successful election campaigns, wrote Friday, “Like many families, we were drawn to Bedford in part because of the excellent schools. All three of our children were so fortunate to live in a town that valued public education.”
She wrote, “The Bedford community is committed to quality public schools. Our teachers and administrators could teach anywhere, and they chose to teach in Bedford. This benefits every student who walks through the doors of Davis, Lane, JGMS, and Bedford High School.”