NEWBURYPORT — New candidates have taken out papers in recent days to run for City Council, including Sheila Mullins in the at-large race and Charles Tontar in Ward 4.
The primary election is Sept. 17 and the final municipal election is Nov. 5.
City officials say there will be contested battles in the council primary if more than two candidates return papers.
Four have taken out papers for mayor: City Councilor Dick Sullivan Jr., City Councilor Greg Earls, newcomer Keith Kennedy and Mayor Donna Holaday.
If all four run, a primary would winnow the number of candidates to two for the final ballot.
Ward races could also require primary voting, if there are more than two candidates.
In Ward 4, three have taken out papers: City Councilor Tom Jones, Sean McDonald and Tontar, who lives at 29 Jefferson St. The top two vote-getters in the primary would advance to the final.
City officials say that if there are more than a dozen running in the contest for at-large councilor, then primary balloting will limit the number of candidates to 11 in the November voting. Five will be elected.
The following have taken out papers (in order that they took them out) for at-large seats: Councilor Barry Connell, Joanne McCarthy, Bruce Vogel, Bruce Menin, Councilor Ed Cameron, Meghan Kinsey, Councilor Ari Herzog, Laurel Allgrove and Mullins, who resides at 7 Parsons St.
Those who have taken papers for ward seats are as follows: Ward 1, Michael Edward Ferrick, Allison Heartquist; Ward 2, Christopher Welch, Jared Eigerman; Ward 3, Robert Cronin, Leslie Eckholdt; Ward 4, Jones, McDonald, Tontar; Ward 5, Larry Giunta Jr., Sean Reardon; Ward 6, Tom O’Brienn.
Two incumbents have taken out papers for School Committee, Daniel Koen and Cheryl Sweeney.