Town Election on Saturday
Arlington voters will choose three selectmen, three school committee members and a new town clerk on Saturday.
After listening to candidates debate the issues, meeting them in the community, and learning more about their experiences and backgrounds, Arlington voters will head to the polls on Saturday with some pivotal decisions to make.
For the first time in nearly three decades, Arlington residents will vote upon three Board of Selectmen seats. They will also choose a new Town Clerk for the first time since 1994 and voters must pick three School Committee members, among other positions.
When Selectmen Jack Hurd announced his retirement from the Board of Selectmen, he left a one year vacancy on his seat. Selectman Annie LaCourt and School Committee Member Joe Curran are running to fill that position. Voters will chose one candidate to serve the remaining one-year term.
Elsewhere in the selectmen race, current Board of Selectman Chairman Diane Mahon faces Town Meeting and Finance Committee Member Dan Dunn and businesswoman Maria Romano of the East Arlington Concerned Citizens Committee. Voters will chose two candidates who will each serve a three-year term on the board.
In the School Committee race, Chairman Joe Curro and member Leba Heigham are both running for re-election. Former Arlington Town Republican Committee Chairman Jim Dolan and Town Meeting member Bill Hayner, a retired teacher and former teacher’s union president, round out the list of candidates. Voters will choose three candidates who will each serve on the committee for a three-year term.
Three other positions will be on the ballot on Saturday, but each race is uncontested. Treasurer Stephen Gilligan and Town Assessor Mary Winstanley O'Connor are both running for re-election to serve an additional three-year term in their respective offices. Nicholas Mitropoulos is also running unopposed for a five-year seat on the Arlington Housing Authority.
Although snow is in the forecast for Friday, the Town Clerk's Office does not expect the weather to deter voter turnout. Due to the number of open selectmen's seats and the contested races for other positions, the Town Clerk's Office expects voter turnout to be high on Saturday.
The polls will be open from 8 a.m.- 8 p.m. on Saturday. To find out where your polling place is, see the League of Women Voters website or check back with Arlington Patch tomorrow.
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