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AYER – There are races shaping up for the Ayer Board of Selectmen, Ayer Board of Health, and Ayer Planning Board at the April 23 Town Election. On Monday, March 5, nomination papers were due at the Ayer Town Clerks’ Office.

A few had already secured a ballot spot. But for most of the candidates, there must still be a certification process to ensure at least 25 signatures (the minimum required) were obtained from registered Ayer voters to guarantee a candidate’s name will be printed upon the ballot.

There are two seats up for election on the Ayer Board of Selectmen. Each carries a 3-year term.

The terms of incumbents Gary Luca of Groton School Road and Carolyn McCreary of Wachusett Avenue East expire in April. last week, McCreary announced that she was not seeking re-election. Luca, meanwhile, has returned his nomination papers in a bid for re-election.

Christopher Hillman of Wagon Road cemented his place on the ballot by turning in his signatures in the selectmen’s race last week. Mark Coulter of High Street also returned his nomination papers in the selectmen’s race.

Heather Hasz of Groton Harvard Road had gathered signatures. But Hasz confirmed Monday night that she opted against submitting the papers in the selectmen’s race.

“It’s nothing cryptic,” said Hasz. She said she is coming to accept the “trials and tribulations” of teenage daughters and so “I had to basically admit to myself that [the selectmen’s seat] might require me to be away from them more than I’d want to be.”

Hasz said she had many “people reach out to me. Town Hall folks were great. Everyone wanted to lend a hand and show me the ropes, including selectmen.” Hasz was excited about Hillman’s candidacy since the small business owner is the father of three school-aged children which “just brings another perspective” to the board.

Board of Assessors incumbent Paul Bresnahan of Wright Road returned signatures in his re-election bid. Those signatures are awaiting certification. There appears there’ll be no challengers name on the printed ballot.

There’s a two-way race for one seat on the Ayer Planning Board. Peter Johnston of Holmes Street has indicated he’s not seeking reelection.
Presuming their signatures hold up, former Conservation Commission Vice Chairman David Bodurtha of Coolidge Road will face off against former Planning Board member James Lucchesi of Groton Harvard Road. The Planning Board seat carries a 5-year term.

There is also a faceoff shaping up for one seat on the Ayer Board of Health. Incumbent Mary Spinner of Myrick Street submitted papers, as has Ruth Maxant Schulz of Taft Street.

The terms of Park Commissioners Jason Mayo of Washington Street and Michael Hamel of Brook Street both expire in April. No one submitted papers for those two seats, each of which carries a 3-year term.

The term of Library Trustee Kathleen O’Connor of Amandrey Way expires in April. Evan Torlin of Pleasant Street has pulled nomination papers in pursuit of the seat which carries a 3-year term.

Murray Clark of Victor Drive secured a ballot position in his bid for re-election as a Commissioner of Trust Funds for a fresh 3-year term.

Housing Authority incumbent Brian Anderson of Taft Street has returned his nomination papers for another 5-year term on the Authority.

Incumbent Robert Friedrich of Vernon Street returned nomination papers for another 3-year term as Constable.

Daniel Gleason of Howard Street returned signatures in his re-election run as one of three Ayer representatives on the Ayer-Shirley Regional School Committee for a 3-year term.