So far six of the sitting city councilors have indicated their intentions to run for re-election, and four of them already have opponents who have pulled nomination papers.
The most hotly contested race will likely be the councilor at-large election, which is currently being sought by incumbents Allen Neale and Jim Kelcourse, along with Eric Bezanson of 115 Whitehall Road and possibly also Sherwood and District 3 Councilor Donna McClure, who is weighing whether to run for re-election in District 3 or to seek an at-large seat. Council President Anne Ferguson is not running for re-election.
In addition, Councilor Bob Gilday will be facing off against political newcomer Paul Sickorez of 13 Riverfront Drive, a retired pharmaceuticals worker and the president of his neighborhood homeowner’s association, in the District 1 election; in District 4, longtime Councilor Bob Lavoie will defend his seat against Dan Talbot of 15 Maple St.
If McClure decides to run for re-election in District 3, she could face off against newcomer David Moavenzadeh of 21 Paige Farm Road, who pulled nomination papers earlier this spring.
The latest candidate to pull nomination papers was District 2 Councilor Christian Scorzoni, who pulled papers at City Hall last Friday. Scorzoni could not be reached yesterday to confirm whether he is officially running for a second term, but if he intends to do so, he will be running unopposed unless a challenger emerges in the next month.
The only remaining councilor who has not signaled his plans for the upcoming election is District 5 Councilor Joseph McMilleon. He has pulled nomination papers but said he is still undecided on whether he will actually run. As of yesterday morning, nobody else has pulled papers in District 5 to challenge McMilleon.