Voters in two Nashoba Valley towns head to the polls Monday

Multiple incumbents uncontested in re-election bids


PEPPERELL — Election season is coming to a close at the end of the month, with two more town elections scheduled for Monday.

Pepperell and Townsend will both hold their annual town elections.

Varnum Brook Elementary School will host polls for Pepperell from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., while Townsend Town Hall will have polls open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Pepperell only has one contested race this year, but a significant one nevertheless.

Selectman Joe Radwich is running against Anthony Beattie to retain his seat on the Board of Selectmen. Radwich was elected to the board last November to fill the seat of former Board Chair Lisa Ferolito, who resigned on Aug. 28 citing issues with Town Administrator Andrew MacLean. If Radwich wins, it’ll be his first official three-year term with the board.

Seven other incumbents are up for re-election next week, though none of them are being challenged for their positions. They include Board of Assessors member Susan Smith, Board of Health member Phillip Durno, Board of Public Works member John Harrington, Moderator Scott Blackburn and Planning Board member Casey Campetti. Frederick Kobs and Robert Kowalksi, who are both trustees at the Lawrence Library, are both running to regain their individual seats. All of the incumbents are running for three-year terms, except for Campetti who is running for another four-year term.

Three newcomers are running to join town positions. They include Marcia Jean Scofield, who is running for a two-year term on the Board of Assessors, Rebecca Torpey, who is running for a five-year term on the Housing Authority and Lisa Martin, who is running to join the North Middlesex Regional School District School Committee for a three-year term.

Townsend also only has one contested election for a vacant seat on the Board of Selectmen. The seat was vacated by former Chair Sue Lisio, who resigned from her position on Nov. 14 last year to focus on other plans. Though the board had the option to hold a special election to fill the vacancy shortly after Lisio’s resignation, remaining Selectmen Wayne Miller and Don Klein noted that the town charter dictates how the board doesn’t have to hold a special election if a resignation happens within six months of the next election. The two candidates vying for the three-year term on the board are Kevin Keefe and Veronica Kell.

Four other newcomers are running for town positions. These include Julie Byars running to join the Board of Assessors, Rachel Palmer on the ballot for the Recreation Commission, Courtney Borelli running for the Housing Authority and Lisa Martin looking to join the North Middlesex Regional School District School Committee. All of those positions are for three-year terms.

Meanwhile, seven incumbents are on Monday’s ticket looking to regain important positions. These include Albert Boucher looking to stay on the Cemetery and Parks Commission, Susan McNally running to remain on the Townsend Public Library Board of Trustees, School Committee Vice Chair Randee Rusch, Recreation Commission member Emily Austin-Bruns, Town Clerk Kathleen Spofford, Trustees of Soldiers Memorial veteran member Keith Jackson and Board of Water Commissioners Chair Mike MacEachern. All of those incumbents are running for another three-year term on their respective boards and commissions.

There are also six open positions available for write-in candidates to take advantage of. These include spots on the Amanda E. Dwight Entertainment Committee, the Board of Health, the Trust Fund Commission and the Trustee of Soldiers Memorials as a non-veteran member, each for a three-year term. There is also a two-year position on the Board of Library Trustees and a five-year position on the Planning Board available for write-in candidates.