Just One Candidate So Far for Two Hamilton Selectmen Seats

A look at who has pulled papers and is running for several of the open seats in local town government.

There's just one candidate for two open seats on the five-member Hamilton Board of Selectmen with less than a week left before the deadline to run, according to information from Hamilton Town Clerk Jane Wetson.

Nomination papers in Hamilton need to be submitted by 4:30 p.m. on Feb. 21 with 40 certifiable signatures of Hamilton registered voters. In Wenham, the deadline is also Feb. 21 but is 5 p.m. for 20 certifiable signatures of Wenham registered voters.

There are two open three year term on the board - the two new seats added three years ago after voters backed an overhaul of the town government that also involved replacing the town administrator position with a town manager.

Marc Johnson has pulled papers and said last week he is seeking reelection. But there is another three year seat and no candidates have pulled papers.

Selectmen Jeff Stinson, whose term is also up this year, announced last month he is not seeking reelection.

None of the other open town positions will be contested, as of yet, but most have seen candidates step forward.

Incumbents Moderator Bruce Ramsey, Assessor Gelean "Bud" Campbell and Library Trustee Madely Liberti have all returned papers with enough signatures and have been certified.

There are two open five-year seats on the Planning Board and the incumbents that hold those seats - Rick Mitchell and Brian Stein - have taken papers but have not returned them. There's also an unexpired three year term open on the Planning Board held by Ron Rossetti Jr. He has not pulled papers.

In Wenham, incumbent Molly Martins - who serves as the board's chairman - has pulled papers. Newcomer Jack Wilhelm has also pulled papers and his signatures have been certified.

Incumbents Moderator Paul Weaver and Town Clerk Trudy Reid have both returned papers with their signatures certified.

There are open seats on the Board of Health, Cemetery Commission and Wenham Housing Authority that all do not have any candidates that have pulled papers, as of the end of last week.

There's a three-year term on the Board of Health with no candidates, one year of an unexpired term on the Cemetery Commission without any candidates and five-year term on the Wenham Housing Authority with a candidate.

Incumbent candidates for several other seats have pulled papers but have not yet returned them, including Tom Tanous for a three year term on the board of Assessors, David Geikie for a five-year term on the Planning Board; Rick Cave for a three-year term as a Cemetery Commissioner.

Also in Wenham, Win Mulry has pulled papers but has not yet returned them for a one year term as Tree Warden; incumbent Ernest Ashley has pulled papers but not yet returned them for a three year term as a Water Commissioner and incumbent Doris Gallant has pulled papers but not yet returned them for a three year term for a Wenham position as a Hamilton-Wenham Regional Library Trustee.

A candidates night has been scheduled by the League of Women Voters of Hamilton-Wenham for March 6 at 7 p.m. at Buker Elementary School.

Jay Burnham February 17, 2013 at 12:16 PM
School Committee?
Michelle Bailey February 17, 2013 at 12:48 PM
Papers need to be picked by Tuesday and returned by Thursday at the Town Clerks.
Mary February 17, 2013 at 04:31 PM
Jack Wilhelm is certainly not a newcomer to town boards. In the past, he served.on the board of assessors and the finance and advisory committee, which he chaired.
Carol A Mazzetta February 17, 2013 at 05:58 PM
Met a nice young man down town gathering signatures for the planning board, this is what we need are more young people to run for office. The trouble is, to live here in Hamilton you need two jobs to survive and nobody has the time to run for office!! It' a catch 22!!
Michelle Bailey February 18, 2013 at 12:07 PM
Interested in historic preservation? The Wenham Cemetery Commissioners is for you as the are working on the restoration of the headstones in the 1A cemetery.
Jay Burnham February 18, 2013 at 12:54 PM
Anyone heard the rumor that a former (intolerant and obstructionist) SC member, who was overwhelming defeated in a previous attempt at re-election, is considering running again? We've come so far that it would be a shame to even suggest taking such a giant step backward.
Ron Powell February 18, 2013 at 07:39 PM
I wont name any names here, but his initials are Richard L. Boroff.
Ron Powell February 18, 2013 at 07:45 PM
And his name rhymes with Prichard Moroff.
Jay Burnham February 19, 2013 at 03:47 PM
Two people have taken out papers today for Selectman in Hamilton.
Jay Burnham February 21, 2013 at 12:31 PM
And then there were three...


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