February 22 2017
We Now Know Which Seats Will be Challenged in the 2017 Town Election
By: Rich Hosford
The deadline to return papers with the necessary signatures from Burlington residents to enter the 2017 Town Election passed on Tuesday and now we know which races will be competitive.
We also see that as has been common in the recent past, there are a number of incumbents who will run unopposed.
The three town-wide seats that will be competitive are Town Moderator, one open seat on the Board of Selectmen and one open seat on the Recreation Commission.
In the Town Moderator race incumbent Sally Willard is running as is challenger William Beyer, a former member of Ways & Means.
The seat on the Board of Selectmen has three challengers: James Tigges, a detective with the Burlington Police Department; Joan Kennedy-Constant, an attorney and Town Meeting member; and Virginia Mooney, a former member of the board and a current Town Meeting member. The seat is being left vacant by Selectman Daniel Grattan who announced earlier this year he would not be seeking a third term.
Recreation Commission incumbent Kevin Sullivan is being challenged by Timothy Burke.
In the Planning Board race there are two seats up for election but only the incumbents, current chair Barbara L’Heureux and member John “Jack” Kelly, filed papers. The same is true in the School Committee race, incumbents Kristin Russo and Stephen Nelson are the only ones who returned papers. In both those races it appeared there may be challengers but no paperwork was filed from either potential candidate.
In other town-wide races, incumbent Louise Crocker is the only name up for Assessor, incumbent Maribeth Welch is the only one running for the one open Board of Health seat, incumbent Michael Austin is the only name up for the Housing Authority seat and incumbent Robert Gallagher is the only one who turned in papers for Shawsheen Tech School Committee position.
Town Meeting has competitive races in Precincts 1, 3, 4, 6 and 7. Click here to see the full list of candidates.
Finally, there is one town-wide race that will be a write-in. There are two open seats on the Library Board of Trustees and no candidate returned papers for either one of them.