BLACKSTONE — Three months after losing his election bid for state representative of the 8th Worcester District, former Blackstone Selectman Robert J. Dubois has announced he will run again for a seat on the Board of Selectmen in the April 1 town election.
Dubois, a Blackstone Democrat, had previously served on the board for 24 years. He was first elected in 1986 and was chairman from 1992 to 2002. He was chairman again up until the spring of 2011 when he was defeated in his re-election bid.
This past November, Dubois lost his election bid for state representative of the 8th Worcester District after incumbent Republican state Rep. Kevin Kuros won re-election to the seat by a vote of 10,475 to 9,972.
Dubois lost the seat by a margin of 503 votes.
Formerly the 18th Worcester District, the towns now comprising the 8th District include Bellingham, Blackstone, Millville and Uxbridge.
During the campaign, both candidates focused on jobs and the economy. Kuros touted his record of delivering local aid back to the district and advocating a meals tax holiday to bolster restaurant business, while Dubois cited his record of supporting education, and more investment in job training to help stimulate the economy.
Dubois, who has served as chairman of the Blackstone Democratic Town Committee,ran for state representative in 2002, losing by one vote in a primary election to Jennifer Callahan.
During his tenure as a selectman, Dubois helped bring the Amercian National Power (ANP) plant to Blackstone. He also spearheaded many of the town’s water/sewer projects. In 1995, the Board of Selectmen along with the town administrator began the process of closing and capping the landfill at no cost to taxpayers.
Dubois also has served on the Capital Outlay Committee, Worcester County Selectmen’s Association, Massachusetts Housing Opportunity Partnership and the Worces-ter County Advisory Board.
He also serves on the Massachusetts Central Planning Commission, Massachusetts Transportation Advisory Group, and Blackstone Democratic Committee.
He formerly served on the Zoning Board of Appeals, Planning Board, and Friends of COA.
He also led the efforts to purchase the Red Morse parcel for new water supply for the town, as well as efforts to purchase land on Federal Street, which would later become the site of the Hartnett Middle School. Dubois also supported the appropriation of ANP funds for 50 percent of the construction for the new library.
Dubois is a member of the Blackstone Lions Club, Millerville Mens Club, Cercle Laurier, Le Club Par X, Elks Club 850, FOP Lodge MA 028, and Worcester County Deputy Sheriff's Association.
He is a graduate of Blackstone Millville Regional High School (Class of 1971), and earned his associate’s degree in business from Quinsigimond Community College, and his Bachelor of Arts in business management from Bryant College.
He is currently employed at the Worcester County House of Corrections.
Dubois, the son of the late Julien and Florida (Landreville) Dubois, is married to the former Patricia Maxwell. He and his wife own BP Tax Service.
"We must work for available grants, which has not been done like in surrounding communities,” he said. “We must also keep close contact with our legislators for an increase in local aid. This is important in helping balance our budgets so we can give the best services available. I will bring a common sense, balanced, and a stable approach in solving our problems. I have and will be accessible, visible, and dedicated in performing these duties."