It could have been so much easier.
After months of political rumor-mill activity and media inquiries, we learned officially that Mary Gail Martin and Brian Martin would be leaving their elected positions — Dracut School Committee and Dracut representative on the Greater Lowell Technical High School Committee, respectively — and moving to Tyngsboro.
There: What was so hard about that?
Hey, I’m not complaining. The whole political intrigue thing worked for me. We got to chew on it for months on the radio, and heck, we even sent someone out to get a picture of the for-sale sign during the denial stage, just to make sure we weren’t talking about something that wasn’t true. We got criticized for that by Chairman Ron Mercier Jr. of the Dracut School Committee.
Apparently Mercier felt we were out of line for taking the picture. He even suggested we tried to “bring her down” by questioning a meeting that took place among Mrs. Martin, the superintendent and a job applicant.
Sorry, Ron, we didn’t make it up. It happened and although the Ethics Commission found no wrongdoing, School Committee members don’t belong in those meetings. But hey, you brought it up.
Then, of course, as always is the case in these situations, everybody — and I do mean everybody — was talking about who would get the votes to replace them in their respective elected positions. The big ticket was the speculation of just who would replace Mary Gail Martin on the Dracut School Committee.
The process for replacing an elected School Committee member is a combined vote between the Board of Selectmen and the remaining four School Committee members until the voters fill the unexpired term in the next election.
For months speculation had it that at least two prominent residents were interested in the positions and had support.
In all likelihood, the Dracut School Committee and the Greater Lowell Technical High School Committee will fill the vacancies until the May election when voters will have their say.
It seems to me the Martins would have been better off to make their intentions known early and thus avoided the spotlight that has been on them for months. They both got involved in Dracut for the right reasons and have made positive contributions in many areas.
We wish them the best in their new home.
Warren Shaw is a former Dracut selectman who hosts a popular Saturday morning radio show on WCAP-AM from 6 to 10 a.m.