On Wednesday, February 15th, Town Clerk Laura Gemme certified nomination papers for all town-wide elections. The election on April 4 is shaping up be an interesting one, as there are multiple contested races for town-wide offices this spring. Two Board of Selectmen seats are up for grabs and both incumbents, Kevin Sexton of Emerson Street and John Halsey of Beaver Road, are seeking re-election. Contesting them is Andrew Friedmann of Hillcrest Street.
Reading School Committee has two contested races this year. Two 3-year seats are available and both incumbents, Jeanne Borawski of Deer Path Lane and Dr. Linda Snow-Dockser of Beaver Road, hope to retain their seats. Challenging them is Erin Calvo-Baccii of Main Street. Additionally, there is a two-year School Committee seat available. A former member resigned during their term, and the committee chose Nicholas Boivin of Estate Lane to fill the vacant seat until this election. Mr. Boivin is seeking to retain his seat, and is challenged by Carl Anderson IV of Whittier Lane.
The Reading Board of Library Trustees has two seats available, all for three-year terms. Two incumbents, David Hutchinson of Harvard Street and Victoria Yablonsky of Grand Street, are not seeking re-election to the board. Three candidates, Ruth Doucette of Vale Road, Nina Pennacchio of Eastway, and Sherri Lynn Vanden Akker of Summer Avenue, will vie for the 2 available seats.
As well as contested races, Alan Foulds of Ide Street is running uncontested for re-election as Town Moderator, and Thomas O’Rourke of Chequessett Road is seeking re-election to the RMLD Board of Commissioners. There are also Town Meeting seats available in all eight precincts. The Reading Post strives to keep our readers informed about all races, all the way through the town election on Tuesday, April 4.