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Mayor to face challenger



Last modified: Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Concord voters will have a choice this fall when they pick the city's next mayor.

John Cook of Maple Street filed Monday to run against incumbent Mayor Jim Bouley on the Nov. 8 ballot. Cook couldn't be reached for an interview.

Bouley, a lobbyist who lives in East Concord, served on the city council for a decade before he was elected mayor in 2007, defeating Katherine Rogers. He was unopposed in 2009 and announced this summer he would seek a third two-year term as mayor.

(The Monitor incorrectly reported yesterday that the mayoral race was still uncontested.)

Under the city charter, Concord's mayor chairs meetings of the 15-person council but has few formal powers. Day-to-day city operations are managed by City Manager Tom Aspell, who reports to the council.

'Every year, I've always anticipated there'll be an opponent, and as always, I think this provides me an opportunity to talk about the successful years we've had as a council,' Bouley said, adding, 'I'm sure it'll be an eventful eight weeks or so.'

Monday was the deadline to file for city office by paying a fee, but would-be candidates can file through Friday by collecting signatures on a petition. Fifty signatures are required for seats on the council or to run for mayor.

In Ward 1, Adam Czarkowski is running against Liz Blanchard, who has held the seat representing Penacook since 2002 and served a single term on the council in the late 1980s.

William Stetson decided against seeking a fourth term representing Ward 2, and two candidates have filed for the open seat: Allan Herschlag and Jennifer Kretovic.

And in Ward 3, incumbent Jan McClure is seeking a fifth term against challenger Kris MacNeil.

Incumbents have filed for re-election in the other seven wards without opposition. Incumbents Mark Coen and Steve Shurtleff are the only two residents who have filed to run for the two at-large council seats on this year's ballot.

(Ben Leubsdorf can be reached at 369-3307 or bleubsdorf@cmonitor.com.)