NORTH READING — This week, three more candidates have declared their intention to seek public office in the town’s annual May election by pulling nomination papers.

Both incumbent Select Board members, Liane R. Gonzalez of 4 Clover Rd., who is the current vice chairwoman, and Richard Wallner of 57 Lakeside Blvd., took out nomination papers to retain their respective seats. Both would be seeking their second three-year terms on the board.

On Tuesday afternoon, a third newcomer has taken out nomination papers for the School Committee, Jeffery L. Friedman of 51 Lindor Rd. He joins John P. Barrette, 2 Dogwood Ln., and Jodi Cloney, 365 Park St., who both previously took out nomination papers. The two incumbents, Janene Imbriano and Chris Pappavaselio, have not yet declared their intentions.

The two incumbent Community Planning Commissioners, Chairman Warren Pearce and David Rudloff, have also not declared their intentions as of press time.

All candidates in the Town Election have until Tuesday, March 15 to turn in their nomination forms with a minimum of 50 certifiable signatures of North Reading registered voters to assure a spot on the ballot. Certifiable signatures are defined as the legible signature of a registered voter of the town, including the address at which the voter is registered. It is always recommended that candidates submit more than the minimum number of signatures in case some of the voters cannot be certified.

Other candidates who have taken out nomination papers to date are incumbent Town Moderator John J. Murphy, 13 Duane Drive, and incumbent Housing Authority member Michele Mawn, 5 John Bickford Way.

The Town Moderator’s seat is the only elected position with a one-year term. Murphy has served since 2004.

Mawn, whose five-year term expires in May, has opted to take out nomination papers to fill the current three-year vacancy on the board created when Mary Prenney stepped down Dec. 31 after retiring as the town’s Elder Services Director and moving from town. This leaves Mawn’s five-year seat open for any interested candidates.

Elective offices for 2022

The following seats are up for election this year. The names of incumbents are listed in parentheses:

  • Two seats for three-year terms on the Select Board (Liane Gonzalez and Richard Wallner);
  • Two seats for three-year terms on the School Committee (Janene Imbriano and Chris Pappavaselio);
  • Two seats for three-year terms on the Community Planning Commission (Warren Pearce and David Rudloff).
  • One seat for a one-year term for Town Moderator (John Murphy);
  • One seat for a five-year term on the Housing Authority (Michelle Mawn).
  • One seat for the remaining three years of a five-year term (Mary Prenney, who resigned Dec. 31, 2021 after retiring and moving from town)

Candidates for any municipal office are required to file campaign finance reports on specific dates per the provisions of Mass. General Laws Chapter 55. Those with questions about this process may contact the state’s Office of Campaign and Political Finance.