January 29 2018

Board of Selectmen Race Now Competitive

By: Rich Hosford

Burlington’s race for Board of Selectmen is now competitive.


According to a notice from Town Clerk Amy Warfield’s office, four people have pulled papers for the two open seats. 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.


Other seats up this election


The Town Moderator seat is on the ballot, as it is every year. Current Town Moderator William Beyer, first elected last year, has taken out papers.

Board of Assessors member Paul Sheehan is up for reelection this year. Sheehan, first elected in 1999, has taken out papers. As of Monday no other candidates had entered the race.

On the School Committee, member Martha Simon is up for reelection. Simon was first elected in 2015 and she has also pulled papers. Nobody else, as of Monday, has done so.

On the Board of Library Trustees, members Paula Bernard (appointed 2002, elected 2003), Geraldine Degurski (elected 2015)  and Adam Woodbury (appointed 2017) are up for reelection. As of Monday, Woodbury was the only incumbent to take out papers. A newcomer, Ram Voruganti, has also taken out papers.

Planning Board member Paul Raymond, first elected in 1990, is up again. Raymond is, so far, the only person to have taken out papers for the seat.

Board of Health members David McSweeney (elected 2015) and Elizabeth Walendziewicz (appointed 2010, elected 2011) are both up this year and have both pulled papers.


Finally, Shawsheen Tech School Committee member Paul Gedick, first elected in 2003, is up this year. Thus far Gedick is the only one to have pulled papers.

There is time for potential candidates to pull papers. Papers can be picked up in the Town Clerk’s office at Town Hall. The deadline to pull papers is is Thursday, February 15 at 5 p.m. Click here to see the full election calendar.

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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