Competition is heating up, with seven elected town position openings, including a member of the Board of Selectmen. Three positions are unopposed, including Assessor, Moderator, and a slot on the Marion School Committee.
Polls will open at 8 am and close at 8 pm at the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post on Route 6 at 465 Mill Street in Marion on Friday, May 17.
Incumbent Selectman John Henry is running for a three-year term, with two challengers, including William Dale Jones of Register Road and Edwin North of Cove Circle.
Bradford Eames is running unopposed for the position of Assessor, a term of one year.
Incumbent David Titus is running unopposed for Moderator for a one-year term.
Incumbent Board of Health member Albin Johnson III is running for a one-year term with Kerry Reynolds of Joanne Drive opposing.
Two Planning Board positions are open, with three individuals running for the two seats: Jerry Ferrari of Point Road, Norman Hills of Front Street, and Sherman Briggs Jr. of River Road are on the ballot for the two open positions. The position replaces Thomas Magauran, whose term has expired.
One position on the Marion School Committee is open, with Christine Ann Marcolini running unopposed for the seat left by Brad Gordon, whose term expired. One position is open on the Old Rochester Regional School Committee, with Michelle Ouellette and Linda Harju running to replace Tom Shire, whose term has expired.
Two openings on the Open Space Acquisition Commission are available, with three individuals running, including Geoffrey Paul Moran of Spring Street, John Rockwell of Point Road, and Randy Parker of Mill Street.
As of Friday, there was a possibility of a ballot question relating to the purchase of a fire engine and whether the purchase would be part of a debt exclusion. There is not yet confirmation of the question appearing on the ballot.
By Joan Hartnett-Barry