With days before the filing deadline, three candidates are hoping to unseat Newton’s mayor, Setti Warren, who has sailed through much of his first term despite an aborted run for US Senate and turmoil within the Police Department.
Ted Hess-Mahan, a former Warren supporter who has been an alderman for 10 years, was the first of the challengers to make official his bid for Newton’s highest office, gathering enough signatures to secure his place on the ballot almost two weeks before Tuesday’s deadline.
Tom Sheff, vice-president of a Newton nonprofit who unsuccessfully ran for mayor in 2005, reached the goal on Tuesday. As of Thursday, Jacqueline Gauvreau Sequeira, a political activist and whistle-blower in the priest sexual abuse scandal, was a little more than halfway there. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.