Dunstable Projects Quiet Campaign Season
By Jon Winkler
DUNSTABLE -- As election season rolls on, Dunstable has no major challengers looking to take seats in town departments.
This year’s town election will take place on May 21 with no contested positions and some current town staff having not yet returned election papers to run for re-election.
Most incumbents have pulled papers to retain their seats, including Anita Moeller of the Board of Health, Harold Simmons of the Advisory Board, Ryan McLane of the Cemetery Commission, David Greenwood of the Park Commissioners, Alan Chaney and Susan Tully of the Commissioners of Trust Funds.
Chaney, along with the rest of the candidates will look to run for another three-year term while Tully plans for serve another two-year term.
Leah Basbanes, chair of the Board of Selectmen, and Brett Rock of the Board of Assessors have returned papers to run to retain their seats as well.
Town Clerk Carol Skerrett, who also returned papers to run for her seat again, said last Wednesday that no newcomers or incumbents have pulled papers to run for Constable and on the Road Commissioners, Planning Board and the Parkhurst Free Lecture Trust.
Those looking to run for positions have until March 28 to pull papers and April 2 to return papers.
Other local town elections have received recent additions to upcoming elections.
In Groton, John Reilly and Robert Flynn both pulled papers to run against incumbent Josh Degen for two seats on the Board of Selectmen. Erica McConnell also pulled papers to run with Marlena Gilbert for two seats on the Groton-Dunstable Regional School Committee.
Meanwhile, Park Commission Chair Kenneth Bushnell pulled papers to retain his position and Nancy Wilder pulled papers to continue serving as secretary to the Trustees of the Groton Public Library.
Townsend also saw an addition to its election as Ray Boyes returned papers to retain his seat on the Cemetery and Parks Commission.
Shirley will see two contested races as Andree Lourds Jean Jacques pulled papers to run for Enrico Cappucci’s seat on the Board of Selectmen and Randall Twiss pulled papers to run for Janet Tice’s seat on the Planning Board.
Jim Quinty has also pulled papers to retain his seat on the Ayer-Shirley Regional School District Committee.
Ayer Selectmen Christopher Hillman will run to retain his seat on the board against newcomers Ruth Maxant-Schulz and Michael Pattenden. Meanwhile, John Kilcommins is running to join the Board of Assessors.
Pepperell also saw Brendan McNabb return papers to run for his seat on the Recreation Commission.