MELROSE — While four people will run for three seats available on the School Committee in the November 2 city election, there will no contested races for City Council. However, there will be new councilors.
In Ward 1, Manjula N. Karamcheti of Botolph Street is the lone candidate for City Council; longtime office holder John Tramontozzi decided not to seek another term. In Ward 2, Hawley Road’s John Obremski is expected to succeed current office holder Jeffrey C. McNaught, who did not return nomination papers to the Board of Registrars by Tuesday’s deadline. And in Ward 7, incumbent Councilor Cory Thomas did not return nomination papers either. As a result, Ryan L. Williams of Malvern Street is the lone candidate for that seat.
With the deadlines past for obtaining nomination papers and turning them into the Board of Registrars, the city election field is just about finalized. The offices up for election this year are three four-year seats on the School Committee, four two-year councilor-at-large seats and one two-year City Council seat in each of the city’s seven wards.
Nomination papers for the city-wide seats required 50 valid signatures of registered voters while the individual ward posts require 20.
Current School Committee members Jennifer M. McAndrew of Sears Avenue and Walton Park’s Jennifer G. Razi-Thomas seek reelection. Also running for one of the three seats up for election are John P. Connelly of Lincoln Street and Dorie Withey of Coolidge Road.
The four people running as at-large City Council members are Christopher C. Cinella of Cranmore Lane, Jack Eccles of Essex Street, Melrose Street resident Maya Jamaleddine and Leila B. Migliorelli of Dartmouth Road.
The seven ward councilor candidates are Karamcheti in Ward 1, Obremski in Ward 2, Robert E. Steward in Ward 3, Mark D. Garipay in Ward 4, Shawn M. MacMaster in Ward 5, Jennifer G. Grigoraitis in Ward 6 and Ryan Williams in Ward 7.
Following are a few key election-related dates
• Thursday, September 30: Municipal candidates have until 5 p.m. to file withdrawal of nomination. This request must be notarized.
• Friday, October 1: A 10 a.m. “drawing by lot” of names on the ballot will be held.
• Wednesday, October 13: People have until 8 p.m. to register to vote in the November 2 municipal election. In person registration hours are 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
• Wednesday, October 27: You have until 5 p.m. to request in absentee ballot by mail.
• Monday, November 1: A noon deadline has been set to apply for absentee ballot for over-the-counter voting.
• Tuesday, November 2: Election day. Polls are open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.