AMESBURY — Two new candidates for City Council have taken out nomination papers, expanding the election field and potentially signaling more contested races in the fall.
Paul Sickorez of 13 Riverfront Drive has pulled nomination papers in District 1, where he will face off against council Vice President Robert Gilday should he choose to run for re-election. Gilday is still undecided.
Then in District 3, David Moavenzadeh of 21 Paige Farm Road has pulled nomination papers of his own to potentially challenge incumbent Donna McClure, who has announced that she will be running but is undecided whether she will run as a candidate for District 3 or for councilor at-large.
Since nomination papers became available in Amesbury last Thursday, 13 candidates have visited City Hall to take papers out and begin gathering signatures, and out of those 13, seven are newcomers while the other six are incumbents.
Not all of the incumbents who have pulled papers have decided they will be running for re-election. Earlier this week, council President Anne Ferguson said that while she has pulled papers, she is still trying to decide whether she has another term left in her, and right now she is leaning toward stepping down.
Ferguson added that she has been discussing the elections with a couple of like-minded individuals and is confident that even if she does decide to retire, at least one or two candidates will step forward in her place.
District 5 Councilor Joseph McMilleon is also still undecided, though he said he took out papers so that he’d be prepared if he did decide to run again.
So far the only contested district race that has been confirmed is in District 4, where incumbent Bob Lavoie will be facing off against newcomer Dan Talbot of 15 Maple St. Both Lavoie and Talbot pulled their papers on the first day they were available and Lavoie has said he is looking forward to an exciting and competitive race.