Decision 2021: School Committee and Selectmen Races Feature Multiple ChallengersFeb 19, 2021 10:09AM ● By Bill Gilman
Batten down the hatches. Pandemic or no pandemic, the 2021 Tewksbury Municipal Election promises to be electric.
There are guaranteed to be contested races for School Committee and Board of Selectmen, with open seats available on both and multiple challengers having already tossed their hats into the ring.
For the Board of Selectmen, incumbent Mark Kratman is seeking a third term but Brian Dick has chosen not to seek re-election, opening the door for new (and familiar) faces. Former Selectman Todd Johnson, former Board of Health member George Ferdinand, Collin McNaught, and James Mackey have all taken out nomination papers. All but Johnson have had their papers certified already.
For School Committee, incumbent James Cutelis will be seeking another 3-year term, while incumbent Scott Wilson (who is filling the remainder of Dennis Francis' term) has not yet taken out papers. However, the field of candidates if plentiful, with Bridget Garabedian, Nicholas Parsons and Deborah Wall all having taken out nomination papers. All but Parsons have had their papers certified already.
The complete list of available seats with candidate statuses are:
Board of Selectmen (2 Seats, 3-year terms)
Incumbent Mark Kratman has had his nomination papers certified
George Ferdinand has had his nomination papers certified
Collin McNaught has had his nomination papers certified
James Mackey has had his nomination papers certified
Todd Johnson has taken out nomination papers
School Committee (2 Seats, 3-year terms)
Incumbent James Cutelis has had his nomination papers certified
Bridget Garabedian has had her nomination papers certified
Deborah Wall has had her nomination papers certified
Nicholas Parsons has taken out nomination papers
Planning Board (1 Seat, 5-year term)
Incumbent Stephen Johnson has had his nomination papers certified.
Board of Library Trustees (2 Seats, 3-year terms)
No candidates have yet taken out nomination papers
Board of Health (2 Seats, 3-year terms)
Incumbent Robert Scarano has taken out nomination papers.
Incumbent Raymond Barry has had his nomination papers certified.
Housing Authority (1 Seat, 5-year term)
Incumbent Marc DiFruscia has taken out nomination papers
Shawsheen Regional Technical High School Committee (1 Seat, 3-year term)
Cheryl Bartolone has taken out nomination papers
The Annual Town Election will be held on Saturday, April 10, 2021, from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM. The last day for candidates to file their nomination papers is Friday, February 19, 2021 before 5:00 PM, at the Town Clerk’s Office. FIFTY (50) valid registered Tewksbury voter’s signatures and addresses are required.