This spring will host elections for multiple municipal positions in Ayer, Groton, Pepperell, Shirley and Townsend.
Kicking off the Nashoba Valley election season April 22 are the communities of Ayer, Pepperell and Townsend.
Shirley residents head to the polls on May 7. On May 21, Groton residents cast their ballots.
Here are early election summaries for each community. As nomination papers aren't due in some communities for weeks, candidate slates inevitably will change:
Two contested races: Moderator Thomas Morgan Jr. will run for re-election against Samuel Goodwin Jr. for a three-year term. Constable Clark Paige looks to serve another three-year term with Charles Shultz Jr. also running for the position.
Meanwhile James Stephen is looking to remain a Commissioner of Trust Funds, Sarah Gibbons is running to retain her position as clerk of the Parks Commission and Patricia Peters will run to retain her seat as chair of the Board of Health, all running unopposed for three-year terms.
Cheryl Alfieri-Simmons, who was sworn into the Ayer-Shirley Regional School District Committee to fill a seat last year and Jonathan Kranz, who was sworn into the Planning Board also to fill a seat last year, will both run for their first full three-year terms unopposed.
Robert Gardner and Rebecca Campaner are both running for open seats on the Ayer Library Board of Trustees, with Gardner running for a three-year term and Campaner running for a two-year term.
Papers can be requested until March 1 and returned until March 4.
There will only be two contested races, including for a seat on the North Middlesex Regional School District Committee. Thomas Casey will challenge current member Lisa Martin for a three-year term. The other race will be for a seat on the Board of Selectmen as Phillip Durno, David Herman and Margaret Scarsdale are running against incumbent Roland Nutter. As of February 26, Nutter had not pulled papers to run for re-election.
Other members of municipal boards have pulled papers to retain their positions. Michael Coffey of the Board of Assessors, Thomas Nephew of the Board of Public Works, Brendan McNabb of the Recreation Commission, Charles Burnham and Lyn Warwick of the Lawrence Library Board of Trustees all plan to run for re-election to another three-year term. Irene Santackas-Leddy of the Housing Authority also plans to run for re-election to another two-year term while Albert Patenaude Jr. looks to run for another four-year term. Newcomer Kimberly Casey also pulled papers to join the Recreation Commission for a one-year term.
Nomination papers March 4.
Two contested races: Board of Health member Michelle Dold is up for re-election and will be challenged by Christopher Nocella while Water Commissioner Lance Lewand will run for re-election to his position against newcomer Todd Melanson, both positions serving three-year terms.
Donald Klein is running for a seat on the Board of Selectmen currently occupied by Cindy King, who is not running for re-election after being recently arraigned on multiple assault charges against her wife. Townsend Public Library Trustees Alison Bird and Valerie Goodrich, North Middlesex Regional School District Committee member Susan Robbins and Soldiers Memorial Trustee Walter Mann Jr. are all running for re-election to their positions for another three-year position. Charles Sexton-Diranian of the Planning Board is also seeking re-election for another five-year term while Natalie Call, who was appointed to the Housing Authority in 2018, is running for her first official five-year term.
Nomination papers are due March 18.
Elaine Davis-Curll is looking to return to the Board of Assessors, Joseph Howlett II is running to keep his position as chair of the Board of Health, Janet Tice plans to regain her seat on the Planning Board, Jay Duffner will seek to return to the Recreation Commission, Elizabeth Quinty and Doris Barreiro look to retain their seats on the Hazen Memorial Library Board of Trustees. Constable Keith Keady pulled papers to run for re-election while Town Clerk William Oelfke returned papers in the hopes of being re-elected as well. The War Memorial Trustees also has two members running for re-election: Norman Albert, a veteran himself, and Scott Bulger, a non-veteran.
All candidates are running unopposed for three-year terms, sans Tice who is running for a five-year term.
Nomination papers are due March 19.
For the Planning Board, incumbent George Barringer is running for another three-year term while newcomers Gus Windmayer and Annika Nilsson Ripps are running to fill the seats of John Giger and Michael Vega, who both resigned. Windmayer will be running for a three-year term while Nilsson Ripps is running for a one-year term.
Ten other incumbents are seeking re-election without opposition at this point: Mark Gerath of the Groton Public Library Trustees, Josh Degen of the Board of Selectmen, Rodney Hersch of the Electric Light Commission, Greg Fishbone of the Water Commission, Marlena Gilbert of the Groton-Dunstable Regional School District Committee, James Gmeiner of the Sewer Commission, Leslie Wickfield of the Commissioners of Trust Funds and Bob Fleischer of the Board of Health are all running for re-election to three-year terms. Brooks Lyman also plans to run for re-election to the Housing Authority for another five-year term.
Donald Black is also running for re-election to retain his seat on the Board of Assessors for another three-year term, but is also planning to join the Parks Commission for a one-year term previously occupied by James Gafney, who resigned.
Nomination are due April 2.