SHIRLEY — The Board of Selectmen’s race — one of three in the upcoming Annual Town Election and arguably the most vigorously contested — bodes well for a healthy turnout on May 3, when voters can cast their ballots for 17 town positions. Polls at the Town Offices will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
In addition to the face-off between incumbent David Swain and challenger Enrico Cappucci for a seat on the three-member Board of Selectmen, other contested races are for Constable and War Memorial Trustee, veteran.
Constable Keith Keady again faces a challenge to his reelection bid. His opponent is Pat Krauchune.
For War Memorial Trustee, two candidates are vying for the veteran’s seat that incumbent Norman Albert has held for many years. The challenger is Jessica Myshrall.
In addition, there will be a one-year unexpired term for Town Moderator on the ballot.
That position, formerly held by Enrico Cappucci, was left open when Cappucci stepped down to run for the Board of Selectmen.
Karen Luddington, an attorney, is running unopposed for Moderator.
With the Saturday, April 23 Annual Town Meeting preceding the election this year, the selectmen appointed Paul Przybyla to serve as temporary moderator for the ATM.
The following incumbents are running unopposed: Joseph Howlett, Board of Health; Beth Quinty, Library Trustee; Sarah Ann Widing, Planning Board; Keith Begun, Recreation Commission; Jim Quinty, ASRSD School Committee; Amy McDougall, Town Clerk; Scott Bulgar, War Memorial Trustee, non-veteran.
Also on the ballot, Bill Oelfke is running for a one-year unexpired term as Planning Board Associate (which opened when former associate Sarah Widing was appointed to fill the full-duty seat she now occupies.)
There were no takers for the three open seats on the Recreation Commission.
There will also be a vacancy on the Board of Assessors. The seat is now held by Jonathan Greeno, who was also the Planning Board Chairman but recently resigned from the Planning Board after serving more than 10 years.
Absentee ballots — available three weeks before the election — must be requested in writing.