February 20 2018

Ballot Set for Burlington's 2018 Town Election


The deadline to turn in papers to be on the ballot for Burlington’s 2018 Town Election has passed so now we can see which races will be competitive.


Overall, the number of seats being contested is very low. One the town-wide level only two races have competitive races: The Board of Selectmen and the Board of Library Trustees. There are also three Town Meeting precincts with more candidates than seats available.

According to a notice from Town Clerk Amy Warfield’s office, four people have pulled papers for the two open seats on the Board of Selectmen. Incumbents Mike Runyan (first elected in 2012) and Joe Morandi (first elected in 2015) have both pulled papers. One challenger is Virginia Mooney, a former member of the board and a current Town Meeting member. The other is Nick Priest, a 30-year Burlington resident and a Senior Copywriter at Cambridge BioMarketing.

In the Library Trustees race three newcomers have filed papers for two 3-year seats up this year. They are Hiral Gandhi, Kevin Sheehan and Ram Voruganti. A fourth potential candidate, Jane Calo, had pulled papers but according to the Town Clerk’s office had not returned them by the deadline.


Other town-wide seats are not being challenged on the ballot. This includes Town Moderator William Beyer (first elected last year), Board of Assessors member Paul Sheehan (elected in 1999), School Committee member Martha Simon (elected in 2015), Planning Board member Paul Raymond (elected in 1999), newcomer Adam Woodbury who is seeking a 2-year Library Trustee seat, Board of Health members David McSweeney (elected 2015) and Elizabeth Walendziewicz (appointed 2010, elected 2011), Board of Health members David McSweeney (elected 2015) and Elizabeth Walendziewicz (appointed 2010, elected 2011), newcomer Frederick Fitzgerald who is seeking a Housing Authority seat, Recreation Commission member David Norden (elected write-in in 2016) and Shawsheen Tech School Committee member Paul Gedick (elected in 2003).


In Town Meeting, precincts 1,3 and 4 have contested races. Click here to see all the candidates.


The 2018 Annual Town Election will be held on Saturday, April 7 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the Burlington High School gymnasium.

Stay with BNEWS for upcoming election coverage throughout the months ahead as we will update the information as new candidates enter the race.



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