Election 2019: Could Two Brand New School Committee Members Be Seated Without A Challenge?
Feb 04, 2019 01:50PM
● By Bill Gilman
To say that the nomination period for the 2019 Tewksbury Municipal Election has slowed to a crawl might be an understatement.
There is a chance, with just over two weeks to go in the nomination period, that ballot may be just about set for the April 6 election.
This is especially surprising, given that incumbent School Committee members Krissy Polimeno and Arthy Bennett will not be seeking re-election. To date, only Erin Knyff and John Stadtman have pulled papers for the seats. If no one else steps forward, Knyff and Stadtman will walk onto the committee without a challenge.
The unfortunate consequence, should that happen, is an election cycle with no robust discussion or debate about education/school department topics.
Another race that is uncontested, at present, is for a 5-year seat on the Planning Board. As a rule, no topics generate more debate at Annual Town Meeting than developments and zoning articles. And yet, as of Feb. 1, incumbent Vin Fratalia has no challenger.
Status of races as of Friday, Feb. 1:
Board of Selectmen (2 Seats)
I -Todd R. Johnson (P)
I - Anne Marie Stronach (P)
Jayne Wellman Miller (P) (B)
School Committee (2 Seats)
I - Arati “Arthy” S. Bennett (has announced she will not be running)
I - Kristen M. Polimeno (has announced she will not be running)
Erin Knyff (P)(B)
John Stadtman (P)
Planning Board (1 Seat)
I - Vincent S. Fratalia (P) (B)
Board of Library Trustees (2 Seats)
I - Joseph C. Frank (P)
I - Laura L. Harrington (P)
Board of Health (2 Seats)
I - Anthony M. Boschetti (P)
I - George H. Ferdinand (P)
Kylee Perrotta (P)
Maria Zaroulis (P)
Sandra Creamer (P)
Shawsheen Regional Technical High School Committee (1 Seat)
I - Patricia M W Meuse (P)
Housing Authority (1 Seat)
I - Louise A. Gearty
John Deputat (P) (B)
I - Incumbent
(P) - Has pulled nomination papers
(R) - Has returned nomination papers
(B) - Is officially on the ballot
The Annual Town Election will be held on Saturday, April 6, 2019, from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM. The last day for candidates to file their nomination papers is Tuesday, February 19, 2019 before 5:00 PM, at the Town Clerk’s Office. FIFTY (50) valid registered Tewksbury voter’s signatures and addresses are required.