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Filing period begins for Concord city and school board elections

Candidates can begin filing tomorrow for this November’s city and school elections in Concord.

Elections will be held for mayor, city council seats in all 10 wards, the at-large city council seats now occupied by Michael DelloIacono and Dan St. Hilaire and three school board seats.

Several incumbents have said they will run for re-election, including Mayor Jim Bouley, who announced last month he will seek a fourth term.

This is the first year that school board candidates will run for election based on the wards they live in rather than as at-large representatives, a change approved by voters in 2011. In the past, all nine candidates were elected by the entire city. Under the new rules, there will be three at-large representatives and two members each from ward clusters of 1-4, 5-7 and 8-10. A seat in each of those wards is up for election this year, and board members serve three-year terms.

Board member Jennifer Patterson, who lives in Ward 5 and is completing her third term on the board, said she will likely seek re-election. Tara Reardon, a member from Ward 10 who is in her first term, said she hasn’t decided whether she will run again.

Bill Glahn, a longtime board member also from Ward 5, said he probably won’t run this year. Glahn was a critic of changing the election rules in 2011 because he said the school board tackles citywide rather than ward-specific education issues.

Redistricting that went into effect in 2012 will have an impact on the elections.

Ward 2 Councilor Jennifer Kretovic was elected in 2011, but under the new ward lines she lives in Ward 3. A temporary fix passed last year allowed the city to delay applying the new ward lines until 2014.

Kretovic said yesterday she plans to run in Ward 3. Councilor Jan McClure, who now represents Ward 3, did not return a message about her intentions for the election.

Councilor Fred Keach, who now represents Ward 10, said he will file for an at-large council seat. He said he planned to continue living in Ward 10, but wanted to become “more of an at-large representative of the city and move away from some of the day-to-day ward work.”

At-large Councilor Dan St. Hilaire said he will run for a seat in Ward 10. He said he wanted to seek a two-year term instead of a four-year commitment because he just began a new job working for RiverStone Resources in Manchester. St. Hilaire said he discussed his plans with Keach.

At-large Councilor Michael DelloIacono said he will run for his second four-year term. Ward 4 Councilor Amanda Grady Sexton, Ward 5 Councilor Rob Werner and Ward 8 Councilor Dick Patten said they will also run for re-election.

In Ward 1, Councilor Liz Blanchard announced last month she will not seek another term representing Penacook. Adam Czarkowski, who ran against Blanchard in 2011, and Brent Todd have both said they will run for her seat.

Councilor Allen Bennett said this week that he is still deciding whether to seek another term representing Ward 6.

Ward 9 Councilor Candace Bouchard did not return messages left yesterday. At-large Councilors Steve Shurtleff and Mark Coen have two years remaining in their four-year terms.

The city will also hold elections for ward officials. Concord has two-year terms for ward moderators and ward clerks, and six-year terms for supervisor of the checklist.

City election candidates can file at the city clerk’s office in Concord City Hall on Green Street. School board candidates can file to run with Roger Phillips, the school board’s clerk, at 104 Pleasant St.

Candidates can file to run tomorrow through Sept. 16. The filing fee is $5 for mayor and city councilor positions and $1 for ward officials. With a petition signed by 50 registered voters, candidates do not need to pay a filing fee. Petitions will be accepted until Sept. 20.

(Laura McCrystal can be reached at 369-3312 or
lmccrystal@cmonitor.com or on Twitter @lmccrystal. Kathleen Ronayne can be reached at 369-3309 or kronayne@cmonitor.com or on Twitter @kronayne.)

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