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March 11, 2013

Retired judge to run for selectman

DANVERS — Former town moderator and retired Appeals Court judge David Mills plans to run for selectman, and those plans could set up a four-way race.

Mills, 70, said Friday that he will be a candidate in the upcoming Town Election on May 7.

“I want to not waste the remaining years of my life,” said Mills, who has lived in a house across from Town Hall for 43 years.

Mills said he has had a lifelong interest in politics. He served as a Town Meeting member for 25 years and was the town moderator for about three years before becoming a judge in 2001.

A graduate of St. John’s Prep, he has worked as both a lawyer and a prosecutor, for the district attorney and the state attorney general. His father, Frank, was town moderator for 23 years.

Two three-year terms on the Board of Selectmen are open.

Incumbents Dan Bennett and Keith Lucy said they are also running.

Foster Street resident James Mitchell, a newcomer to town politics, has also pulled nomination papers, which are due in the town clerk’s office with the required signatures by March 19. Mitchell’s phone number was not listed online, and he could not be reached for comment.

Lucy, an electrical engineer, was elected in 2004 and is the second-longest-serving member of the board next to Selectman Mike Powers.

Bennett is a self-employed real estate broker who was elected in 2007. He has a long history of service to the town, as a School Committee member and library trustee and in other roles, and has run two unsuccessful campaigns for state representative.

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