By MAUREEN DOHERTY

NORTH READING — Two and a half weeks remain for candidates to return nomination papers in the annual Town Election on May 3. As the Transcript was going to press, no new candidates had stepped forward in the past week and none had returned their nomination papers to the Town Clerk’s office for certification. But with the Presidents’ Day holiday on Monday and it being school vacation week, the inactivity was not unusual.

Candidates who return their nomination papers with at least the minimum of 50 certified signatures of North Reading registered voters by Tuesday, March 15 at 5 p.m. are guaranteed to have their name on the ballot. The Town Clerk’s office will remain open for the extra hour that day.

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.

So far the School Committee race has generated the most interest, with five newcomers pulling nomination papers. There are two seats for three-year terms. Incumbents Janene Imbriano and Chris Pappavaselio have not yet declared their intentions.

The five potential newcomers are: John P. Barrette, 2 Dogwood Ln.; Jodi Cloney, 365 Park St.; Jeffery L. Friedman, 51 Lindor Rd.; Kristen M. Omara, 5 Damon St.; and Courtney C. Greene, 18 Magnolia St.

In the other races, both incumbent Select Board members Liane R. Gonzalez of 4 Clover Rd. and Richard Wallner of 57 Lakeside Blvd. have taken out nomination papers. They are both pursuing their second three-year terms.

Town Moderator John J. Murphy, 13 Duane Drive, has pulled papers to retain the seat he has held since 2004. It is the only elected position renewed annually in town.

Incumbent Housing Authority member Michele Mawn, 5 John Bickford Way, has also pulled papers to fill the three-year vacancy on the Housing Authority, leaving her current five-year seat available to other candidates.

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

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.