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Two candidates file for school board seats, two for city council

Four people filed for elected office in Concord yesterday; two candidates running for school board and two for city council.

Incumbent school board member Jennifer Patterson is seeking her third term on the school board, where she serves as chairwoman of the instructional and curriculum committees. Previously an at-large member, she is running to represent wards 5, 6 and 7.

Melissa Donovan, a first-time school board candidate, is running to represent wards 1 through 4. Donovan has lived in Concord since 2009 and has a second-grade daughter in the school district. She taught high school for seven years and is now a visiting assistant professor of mathematics at Southern New Hampshire University. She said running for school board has been a longtime goal of hers, and she is especially interested in being on the board as the district shifts to the Common Core State Standards.

The school board will hold an informational meeting for anyone interested in running tomorrow at 5:30 p.m. in the basement of the administration building on Liberty Street.

In city council races, Brent Todd of Penacook filed yesterday to run in Ward 1. Councilor Liz Blanchard is not seeking re-election, and Penacook residents Adam Czarkowski and Cassandra Rasmussen have also filed to run for her seat.

Ward 5 Councilor Rob Werner and Ward 9 Councilor Candace Bouchard filed for re-election yesterday.

The following councilors have already filed for re-election: Jennifer Kretovic in Ward 3; Amanda Grady Sexton in Ward 4; Allen Bennett in Ward 6; Keith Nyhan in Ward 7; and Dan St. Hilaire in Ward 10. Mayor Jim Bouley has filed for a fourth term, and Councilors Fred Keach and Michael DelloIacono filed for the two at-large council seats.

The filing period for both school board and city council ends Monday, but petitions will be accepted until Sept. 20. School board candidates can file to run with the school board’s clerk at 104 Pleasant St. City council candidates can file at the city clerk’s office in Concord City Hall on Green Street.

Kathleen Ronayne

(Laura McCrystal contributed to this report.)

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