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Benitez withdraws from Concord School Board race

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Monitor staff
Published: 10/26/2021 6:13:32 PM

The race for Concord School Board is now uncontested, after a candidate withdrew one week before Election Day. 

Tim Benitez withdrew from the Concord School Board election Monday, writing in an email to Concord’s superintendent and district clerk that the decision was due to “unforeseen circumstances at the time I signed up as a candidate.”

The remaining three School Board candidates, incumbents Barb Higgins and Pam Walsh and challenger Bob Cotton, are seeking the three at-large seats on the board. School Board candidates will be elected by voters city-wide on Election Day Nov. 2, and will begin their three-year terms on January 1, 2022.

Benitez’s name will still appear on the ballot Nov. 2, because Concord ballots have already been created. In the event that Benitez receives enough votes win a seat, School District Clerk Roger Philips said that the issue has been resolved in the past by the School Board appointing someone to temporarily fill the seat, usually the election runner-up. That person would serve one year until the next November election, when voters would elect someone to finish the final two years of the three-year term.

The Concord Monitor is hosting a candidate forum Thursday from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at Concord High School for the School Board hopefuls, as well as candidates for mayor, contested City Council races and contested School District Charter Commission races.

Eileen O

Eileen O'Grady is a Report for America corps member covering education for the Concord Monitor since spring 2020. O’Grady is the former managing editor of Scope magazine at Northeastern University in Boston, where she reported on social justice issues, community activism, local politics and the COVID-19 pandemic. She is a native Vermonter and worked as a reporter covering local politics for the Shelburne News and the Citizen. Her work has also appeared in The Boston Globe, U.S. News & World Report, The Bay State Banner, and VTDigger. She has a master’s degree in journalism from Northeastern University and a bachelor’s degree in politics and French from Mount Holyoke College, where she served as news editor for the Mount Holyoke News from 2017-2018.

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