Two candidates challenging Concord Mayor Jim Bouley

  • Concord Mayor Jim Bouley speaks with the “Monitor” editorial board in October 2015 Monitor file

Monitor staff
Monday, September 18, 2017

Several incumbents – including the city’s longtime mayor, Jim Bouley – will have to work to keep their seat during this November’s elections.

The veteran mayor is being challenged by Linda Rae Banfill of Palm Street and Roy Schweiker of Chapel Street.

Schweiker, a regular at council meetings who hasn’t held elected office in Concord before, said he’s running reset the city’s priorities.

“I feel that the city is off track and needs to redirect itself,” he said. Concord spends too much on the downtown area and Main Street and too little on its residential neighborhoods, Schweiker argues.

Schweiker has run for office in Concord only once before, when he was a candidate for the charter commission. He ran then for the same reason he’s running now, Schweiker said – concern that too few candidates he considered qualified were stepping up.

He said he didn’t know anything about Banfill.

“(But) if I read about her and she’s great, I may suspend my campaign,” he said.

All three races for school board are contested, and on the city side, there are five contested council races.

The election is Nov. 7.

City candidates

Eighteen people are vying for one of Concord’s 12 open seats on the city council. Most are known faces, and six races are uncontested. But the roster of candidates does count a few new names.

Ward councilors and the mayor serve for two years, at-large councilors serve for four.

Two people – David Sky and Elvir Zulkic – are challenging incumbent Dan St. Hilaire for the Ward 10 seat. Ward 5 councilor Rob Werner will have to defend his seat against Shawn Riley, Ward 7 councilor Keith Nyhan is defending his seat against Rod Forey, and Ward 8 councilor Gail Matson is being challenged by Dennis Soucy.

George Jack, who ran unsuccessfully for school board in 2013, is in a three-way race for two at-large council seats with incumbents Amanda Grady Sexton and Fred Keach.

In wards 1, 2, 3, 4, 6 and 9, the incumbents – Brent Todd, Allan Herschlag, Jennifer Kretovic, Byron Champlin, Linda Kenison and Candace Bouchard – are running unopposed for re-election.

School board candidates

Seven people have thrown their hat in the ring to win one of the school board’s three open seats on the 13-member body. Terms last three years.

In District A – which represents wards 1, 2, 3 and 4 – school board Secretary Tom Croteau is running for re-election. His challengers are Danielle Smith and Liza Dube.

In District B – wards 5, 6 and 7 – Barbara Higgins is running for re-election. She is being challenged by Liza Poinier.

For District C – wards 8, 9 and 10 – former school board member Rusty Cofrin is running against Chuck Crush. The incumbent, Alana Kimball, is not seeking re-election.

(Lola Duffort can be reached at 369-3321 or lduffort@cmonitor.com.)