Published in the January 10, 2018 edition


LYNNFIELD — Let the 2018 municipal election season begin!

Two incumbents pulled nomination papers for the April town election earlier this week. Board of Selectmen Chairman Chris Barrett took out papers, and is running for a second three-year term. Town Moderator Arthur Bourque also pulled papers and is running for a one-year term. Bourque has served as town moderator since 2012.

In the wake of Town Meeting, State Legislature and Governor Charlie Baker’s approval, the day of the annual election will now be the second Tuesday in April, effective April 10, 2018.

Town Clerk Trudy Reid announced the town election will feature the following open seats: Board of Selectmen (one seat for a three-year term); Board of Assessors (one seat for a three-year term); Board of Library Trustees (two seats for a three-year term); Town Moderator (one seat for a one-year term); Planning Board (one five-year term and one for two years to fill an unexpired term); Housing Authority (one seat for a five-year term); and School Committee (two seats for a three-year term).

In addition to Barrett and Bourque, the following incumbents are up for re-election: School Committee Chairman Tim Doyle, School Committeeman Salvatore Cammarata, Board of Assessors Chairman Donald Garrity, Library Trustee Dr. Janine Rodrigues-Saldanha, Library Trustee Russell Boekenkroeger and Housing Authority member Susan Broder.

Scott Gromko and Katherine Flaws currently hold the five-year and two-year terms available on the Planning Board. Gromko succeeded former Planning Board co-Chairwoman Heather Sievers, whose five-year term is up in April. Flaws succeeded former Planning Board co-Chairman John Faria, who had two years remaining on his term. Sievers and Faria both resigned from the board last fall.

The last date to obtain and submit nomination papers for the town election is Wednesday, Feb. 21. Papers must be returned no later than 5 p.m. on Feb. 21. In order for a person to get their name on the ballot, nomination papers must be certified with at least 50 signatures of Lynnfield registered voters.

If residents are interested running for office for 2018 and have questions regarding the nomination/election process, townspeople should call Reid at 781-334-9401.