A single seat on the five-member Board of Selectmen is the only office that has attracted multiple candidates in this spring’s town election on May 22. The seat is open because three-term Selectman Fran Dillon is retiring.
Two candidates seeking to take the chair for three years are political newcomers to Groton. Eric Garger has never held political office and did not list any volunteer offices on the questionnaire he filled out for The Groton Line; he is a state food and drug inspector. Jack Petropoulos has recently chaired the Central Fire Station Building Committee in Groton, and has held positions on conservation commission and open space planning committees in other towns before he moved to Groton. He is a software product manager and has 15 years experience as a manager of non-profit human services programs.
The third candidate is veteran Bob Hargraves, 74, who has been serving on the town Finance Committee since he retired as state representative in 2010. That year he ran for selectman, but lost. Hargraves has been a selectman before, has served as moderator, and has also been involved in the school system both as an employee and as a school committee member.