CHICOPEE - The election season is off to a slow start with 27 people, mostly long-term incumbents, having taken out papers to run for five different offices. But some of the incumbents will likely to see challenges if newcomers do turn in election papers.
CHICOPEE - The election season is off to a slow start with 27 people, mostly long-term incumbents, having taken out papers to run for five different offices.
But some of the incumbents will likely to see challenges if newcomers do turn in election papers.
People could start taking out nomination papers in February. The last day to take out papers is July 28 and candidates must turn in completed papers to the Registrar of Voters by Aug. 1 to appear on November's ballot.
All candidates, except those running for mayor, need to collect 50 signatures from registered voters to be placed on the ballot. Mayoral candidates need 250 signatures.
So far Mayor Richard J. Kos has not taken out papers to run for another term. No challengers have taken papers either.
One month into the election season there are challenges in at least three and possibly four races for City Council.
In Ward 1 Joel McAuliffe, former communications director for Mayor Richard J. Kos and current district director for State Sen. Eric Lesser, has returned papers to run for City Council. Dino Brunetti, who served as city councilor in the ward for 10 years before being defeated in 2013, has also taken out nomination papers.
Incumbent Ward 1 City Councilor Adam D. Lamontagne announced he would not run for re-election about three weeks ago. He has been provisionally appointed as a patrolman to the Chicopee Police Department and said he would be focusing on completing the six-month intensive Police Academy training instead.
All four incumbents for the at-large City Council seats, Frank Laflamme, James Tillotson, Robert Zygarowski and Gerard (Jerry) Roy have taken out papers to run for the seats. W. Kaween Fernando, who unsuccessfully ran for an at-large Council seat two years ago has also taken out papers to run again.
There could also be a repeat of the Ward 5 City Council race since Miguel A. Roldan-Castro Jr. has taken out papers to challenge Frederick Krampits, the incumbent who also plans to run. Two years ago Roldan-Castro unsuccessfully challenged Krampits.
Newcomer Derek Dobosz, a member of the Zoning Board of Appeals, has also taken out papers to run for City Council. He lives in Ward 6 but did not say if he would run in the ward or for an at-large seat. Ward 6 incumbent Timothy S. McLellan has not taken out papers yet.
So far no one has taken out papers to run for City Council in Ward 4. Incumbent Councilor William Zaskey announced he will not run for re-election after serving for 28 years on the board.
Others who have taken out nomination papers for City council are: Ward 3 incumbent and City Council President John L. Vieau, Ward 7 incumbent Councilor William Courchesne, Ward 8 incumbent Councilor Gary Labrie and Ward 9 incumbent Councilor Stanley Walczak.
Nine incumbent School Committee members have also taken out papers. They are: Chester Szetela, at-large; Dana Cutter, Ward 1; David Barsalou, Ward 2; Sandra Ann Peret, Ward 4; Deborah Styckiewicz, Ward 5; Susan Szetela Lopes, Ward 6; Donald Lamothe, Ward 7; Sharon Nawrocki, Ward 8 and Mary-Elizabeth Pniak-Costello, Ward 9.
Szetela and Cutter have already returned their papers with the required signatures, said Janina Surdyka, the registrar of voters.
Others who have taken out papers are incumbent assessors Laura McCarthy and Brian Suchy, Treasurer Marie Laflamme and Tax Collector Stanley Iwanicki.
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