February 21 2019

Town Election Ballot Set - Three Town-Wide Races Contested

By: Rich Hosford

The deadline for potential candidates to turn in their paperwork to get on the ballot has passed and we now know who is officially running in the Burlington Town Election.


Most town-wide seats are uncontested this year though three will see challengers. The most notable competition is for the two seats on the Board of Selectmen where incumbents Chris Hartling and Robert Hogan, the chair and vice chair of the board respectively, are being challenged by Nick Priest. Priest ran for the first time last year and while competitive, came out short against incumbents with a margin of less than a hundred vote difference.


Another town-wide seat with a challenger is for the Planning Board. Incumbent Carol Perna will face off against challenger Michael Espejo.


The third and final town-wide seat being contested is for the two Constable seats up this year. Incumbents William Pepicelli and Anthony Saia are being challenged by Dennis Otis.


Uncontested races include William Beyer for Moderator, Catherine O’Neil for Assessors, Brian Curtin for Treasurer/Tax Collector, Christine Monaco and Thomas Murphy for School Committee, Wayne Saltsman and Edward Weiner for Board of Health and Richard Howard for Housing Authority. There are also two people running for two Library Trustee seats, incumbent Robert Neufeld and former member Phil Gallagher. Newcomer Kevin Sheehan is also the only person running for Recreation Commission.


There are challenges in Town Meeting Precincts 1, 2 and 3. Click here for the full final ballot.


Finally, there will be a ballot question as to whether to change the Treasurer/Tax Collector from an elected to an appointed seat. The final language of the ballot question is due March 4 and we will have an update at that time.


The Burlington Town Election will be held on Saturday, April 6 in the Burlington High School gymnasium. Polls will be open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.  


Those interested in voting but who have not registered have until Friday, March 15 at 8 p.m.


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