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March 19, 2014

Races for selectman, water commissioner on ballot

WEST NEWBURY — Voters will have choices to make in two races at the May 5 annual town election. Town Clerk Michael McCarron reports that David Archibald and Frank Sisto returned nomination papers by Monday’s filing deadline for a seat on the Board of Selectmen currently held by Chairman Bert Knowles.

The ballot will also include a contest between Bob Janes and Dennis Unger for a spot on the Board of Water Commissioners held now by Richard Thurlow.

Knowles and Thurlow are not running. A total of 11 municipal seats will appear on this year’s ballot.

“All the other incumbents have re-upped with the exception of Housing Authority and assessor. There will be no candidates on the ballot for those two positions,” said McCarron.

However, the Board of Selectmen is considering making the Board of Assessors an appointed position. Under state law, the change would require a positive vote both at Town Meeting and on the annual ballot. If approved, “present incumbents will serve for the remainder of their terms, but a person elected at this election shall serve until an appointment is made,” McCarron said.

April 8 is the last day to register to vote in the town election and at the Annual Town Meeting, slated for April 28. The Board of Registrars will conduct registration in the office of the town clerk from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on April 8. In addition to the town clerk’s office, voters may also register by mail or at the Registry of Motor Vehicles.

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