QUINCY – A longtime city councilor and onetime mayoral candidate plans to run for school committee.
Doug Gutro, 52, who spent 10 years in the Ward 5 city council seat and then four more in an at-large seat on council, said that his kids are the main motivating factor in running for the school board.
“I have two pretty compelling reasons to run: my sons, who are 13 and 12,” the Wollaston resident said.
Gutro, the acting director of public affairs for the New England regional office of the federal Environmental Protection Agency, cited his long experience in various levels of government and community work as a reason why he is particularly qualified for this job. He said that as a city councilor he sought to know as many of his constituents as possible and improve communication.
“What I’d like to bring to the school committee is the same work ethic,” he said.
Gutro didn’t seek an eighth city council term in 2015, opting instead to run for mayor. In a four-way race for the first four-year mayoral term in city history, Gutro lost in the preliminary election, as incumbent Thomas Koch and former Mayor William Phelan advanced to the November election, which Koch won.
Three of the six Quincy school committee seats are on the ballot this year, but there’s only one incumbent running for them. Emily Lebo has pulled papers to seek another term, but Anne Mahoney and Barbara Isola have not and will not. Mahoney is running instead for an at-large seat on the city council, and Isola has said that she will not run again.
So far, six candidates have pulled papers for the three seats: Lebo, Gutro, Anthony Andonico, Daniel Jacobs, Geraldine Manning and Mark Sauter.