Angelo Firenze told Belmont Patch today he will not seek re-election to the Belmont if a candidate "who I could support" announces a run for the board.
Answering rumors that he would not run to retain the seat he's held since November 2004, Firenze said that he will decide "after Christmas" whether to seek re-election but "if someone who holds the same views I have decides to run, I will back that person."
Firenze said that candidate would need to be "fiscally conservative" who "views the town from the entire spectrum, not from a town side or a school side."
Known for bringing a strong business mindset to the Board, Firenze has long battled segments in town over operating both the town and schools with existing revenue sources. He has also supports regionalization and selling underused properties.
Firenze said he will not actively seek out a successor but take a wait-and-see approach.
"People know how to get in contact with me," said Firenze.