AYER - The deadline for submitting nomination papers to secure a spot on the Town Election ballot was Monday at 5 p.m. The Town Election will take place on Tue., April 30 - the same days as the statewide special primary election for U.S. Senate to fill the seat vacated by John Kerry.
All 18 candidates who pulled nomination papers for town-wide office attained ballot positions by turning in at least the requisite number of signatures of registered voters.
There is a four way race for one selectmen seat. There is a three way race for the one Treasurer seat.
Most races include the incumbent seeking re-election. There are no vacancies that do not have at least one candidate seeking the post.
Besides appearing as a name printed on the ballot, the only other way to secure any of the elected offices through the April 30 Town Election would be by launching a sticker or 'write-in' campaign.
The following names will appear on the printed ballot for the following available seats:
ASSESSOR (3 year term) - incumbent Denis Callahan (incumbent)
BOARD OF HEALTH (two seats are available for 1 year and 3 years respectively) - Heather Hasz and Pamela Papineau (both serving now by dual appointment of the selectmen and Board of Health)
COMMISSIONER OF TRUST FUNDS (3 year term) - incumbent James Stephen (incumbent)
CONSTABLE (3 year term) - Clark Paige (incumbent)
HOUSING AUTHORITY (5 year term) - Robert Moore (incumbent)
LIBRARY TRUSTEE (3 year term) - Debbie Pedrazzi (incumbent)
MODERATOR (3 year term) - Thomas Horgan, Jr.
PARK COMMISSIONER (3 year term) - Sarah Gibbons (incumbent)
PLANNING BOARD (5 year term) - Morris Babcock
REGIONAL SCHOOL COMMITTEE (3 year term) - Patrick Kelly (incumbent)
SELECTMEN (3 year term) - Mark Coulter, Jannice Livingston, Frank Maxant (incumbent), Jane Morriss
TREASURER (3 year term) - Stephanie Gintner (incumbent), Glen LaPierre, Gary Luca.
The Town Election will be Tue., April 30 from 7 a.m. till 8 p.m. The last day to register to vote in the Town Election, State special Senate Primary and Annual Ayer Town Meeting is Wed., April 10 at 8 p.m. at the Town Clerk's Office.
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