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Filing period for Nashua elected offices begins Tuesday

Union Leader Correspondent

August 23. 2017 9:46PM

NASHUA — Several aldermen and school board positions are up for grabs this fall, and candidates interested in seeking the posts may file for office starting on Tuesday.

City Clerk Patricia Piecuch said this week the filing period for candidates interested in running for municipal office will begin Tuesday and end at 5 p.m. on Sept. 8.

According to Piecuch, there are three alderman-at-large positions available — those are now being filled by aldermen Mark Cookson, David Deane and Dan Moriarty. In addition, there are nine seats for each ward in the city that are also up for reelection, which are now being filled by June Caron, Ben Clemons, Richard Dowd, Don LeBrun, Tom Lopez, Sean McGuinness, Mary Ann Melizzi-Golja, David Schoneman and Ken Siegel.

The only three aldermen seats that are safe for another two years are occupied by Brian McCarthy, Michael O’Brien and Lori Wilshire.

Select candidates must submit a nominating petition and candidate acceptance petition by the end of the business day on Sept. 8 in order to be placed on the ballot, said Piecuch.

Four Board of Education seats are also up for reelection, including those posts now filled by George Farrington, David Murotake, Dotty Oden and Sandra Ziehm. Other school board members that have terms for another two years include William Mosher, Elizabeth VanTwuyver, Howard Coffman, Robert Hallowell and Doris Hohensee.

Additional positions open to candidates and available this fall include two fire commissioners, two Board of Public Works’ commissioners, ward moderators, ward clerks and three ward selectmen.

“Any candidate wishing to file for office must make sure their voter registration information is accurate prior to the beginning of the filing period,” said Piecuch, explaining that if the voter registration information in the city’s database does not match what is listed on the nominating petition and candidate acceptance petition, she will not be able to accept the petitions and the candidate will not be able to file for office.

The general municipal election is Nov. 7.

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