January 31 2017
New Candidates Enter Town Election Races, Including for Selectmen Seat
By: Rich Hosford
Burlington’s Town Election is getting more competitive.
As reported on BNEWS, two people had pulled papers for the Town Moderator seat, incumbent Sally Willard and challenger William Beyer, a former member of Ways & Means. Since that report both have returned the papers with the necessary signatures to the Town Clerk’s office.
In the Board of Selectmen race for one open seat there are now three people who have pulled, but have not yet returned, papers. They are former board member Virginia Mooney, Burlington Police Detective James Tigges and, now, Town Meeting Member and attorney Joan Kennedy-Constance. Incumbent Daniel Grattan announced he would not be seeking a third term.
There is also a potential challenge to incumbent School Committee members Stephen Nelson and Kristin Russo, both who have pulled but not returned papers. Now challenger Ann Steeves has also pulled papers.
In the Recreation Commission race incumbent Kevin Sullivan may be challenged by Timothy Burke, who has also pulled papers.
So far the only candidates for the two Planning Board seats are incumbents John Kelly and current chair Barbara L’Heureux.
In other races incumbent Maribeth Welch is the only one to have pulled papers for the open Housing Authority seat. Incumbent Michael Austin is the sole candidate for the Housing Authority and incumbent Robert Gallagher is the only one to have pulled papers for the Shawsheen Tech School Committee.
There are also a number of candidates for different Town Meeting precincts. Click here to see the full list.
The other open seats are thus far unchallenged. Potential candidates have until Thursday, February 16 to pull papers. Click here to see all the seats up for election this year.
The Burlington Town Election will be held on Saturday, April 8 at Burlington High School.