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Annual Ayer Town Election set for Tuesday

Multiple town officials up for re-election


AYER – With the coronavirus causing a postponement two months ago, this year’s annual Town Election will take place on Tuesday.

The Ayer Board of Selectmen voted on March 30 to move said election from its original date of April 27 to Tuesday in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Polls will still be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Town Hall, though those concerned about voting in person can request absentee ballots until Monday at noon.

As for the election itself, seven incumbents are up for re-election uncontested. They include Board of Selectmen Vice Chair Jannice Livingston, Commissioner of Trust Funds Stephen Slarsky, Constable Richard Skoczylas, Planning Board Chair Geoffrey Tillotson, Planning Board member Nathan King, Board of Health Chair Pamela Papineau and Ayer-Shirley Regional School District Committee Chair Michele Granger. All of those candidates are running to repeat a three-year term.

Six town divisions have open slots with newcomers on the ballot. They include Gerald Amenta and Scott Copeland who are both running to become park commissioners, Susan Kennedy and Sharon Slarsky looking to become trustees for the Ayer Public Library, Joseph Leone looking to join the Ayer-Shirley Regional School District Committee and Janet Providakes looking to join the Housing Authority.

There is also one one-year term as a park commissioner completely open for a write-in candidate on the ballot, while an open three-year term as an assessor is also open for a write-in candidate on the ballot. The park commissioner and library trustee positions are both for three year terms, while the singular school district committee slot is for a one-year term and the housing authority position is for a five-year term.

This year’s election also has a ballot question, asking residents’ permission for the town to amend the Community Preservation Act to increase the allowable surcharge on property from 1% to 3%.

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