Campaigns begin as candidate list is finalized
February 03, 2010
Gilford could perhaps see some new faces in office this year, though new candidates will have solid competition as most incumbents are standing their ground and running for re-election.
The current chair of the Board of Selectmen, Gus Benavide's three-year term is up this year, and he has decided to run once again. Chair of the School Board Margo Weeks, along with Joseph Hoffman, will both be competing for the same selectmen seat.
Dennis Corrigan, Joseph Hoffman, and former Gilford Elementary School Principal Sandra McGonagle will compete for the two-year moderator term.
Three slots are open on the Budget Committee. Current committee member Dale Dormody, as well as Mark Corry, who most recently joined the committee to fill a vacancy, will run re-election. David Horvath, Dale Channing Eddy, who is currently on the Facility Planning Committee, and Philip "Pat" Labonte will also run for one of the three committee seats for a three-year term.
For one three-year spot on the Library of Trustees, Tracy Petrozzi will re-run for her current spot, whole Steve Geer will also run.
Mary Villuame and Irene Lachance will run for an open spot on the Supervisor of the Checklist for the six-year term, while the current chair Connie Moses will re-run for a two-year term.
Trustee of the Trust Fund candidate Peter "Rick" Moses will also re-run for his own position, while current Fire Engineer Philip Brouillard and Cemetery Trustee Judith Cott will also run for re-election, with no opposition.
Two School Board member openings are available, and current member Derek Tomlinson will run again. Weeks will not go up for re-election, as she will be vying for the selectman seat. Rae Mellow-Andrews, Donald Pangburn, and Conrad Hanf will also run for the two School Board openings.
The School District Moderator John D. Cameron, School District Clerk Kimberly L. Varricchio, and School District Treasurer Paul R. Simoneau will all run once again for their current positions, with no opposition.