February 14, 2013WAKEFIELD — While most towns have only one or two races on their March 12 ballots, Wakefield has six.
Only three of the nine open positions are uncontested. Incumbents Laurel A. Morrill and Arlene T. Fogg are running unopposed for town treasurer for one year and assessor for three years, respectively. Kenneth R. Fogg is the sole candidate for a three-year term as cemetery trustee: the incumbent in that position, Johnny Blackwood, did not sign up for another term.
Blackwood is, however, running again for selectman with Connie Towmbley against incumbent Peter Kasprzyk.
On the Planning Board, Chairman Paul Winckler and Johnny Blackwood are not running for re-election and another position is open: all three open positions are contested. For the three-year-term, four candidates are vying for two open seats: incumbent Tom Dube, Gerard Levesque, David Silcocks and Nancy Spencer Smith. For the one-year term, Dick DesRoches and Karen Gagneux are competing for a single position.
On the Budget Committee, Howie Knight and Mark Cotton are not running again, and there are four candidates running for three three-year positions: Craig Farley, Bruce Rich, Nancy Spencer Smith and James H. Theodore.
Town Clerk Monique Wood is not running for re-election. Four contenders are seeking to replace her: Melissa "Mini" Bickford, Michelle MacDonald, Bridget Passariello, and Valerie Ward.
The final contest is for trustee of the trust funds. Denny Miller is not running again and Thomas Cassidy and Jerry O'Connor are competing for his three-year position.
In the next three issues of this newspaper we plan to run profiles of the candidates in all contested positions. Election day is Tuesday, March 12. Polls in the Wakefield Opera House in Sanbornville will be open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.