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A day before deadline, Braintree election candidates change

Posted by Jessica Bartlett  September 19, 2011 11:37 AM

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With only one day to go before the deadline for candidates to submit signatures for certification, the potential ballot has changed yet again

Stephen O’Brien, a Pilgrim Road resident, has taken out papers to challenge District 4 Town Councilor Henry Joyce – a potential rematch of the 2009 campaign.

Joyce won the vote 474 to 342 in 2009, and has served in the role since then.

William P. Sweeney, II, who lives on Alida Road, has also taken out papers for District 5 Town Councilor.

Although Philip Baldassini has withdrawn his candidacy for District 5 Town Councilor,
Sweeney will challenge incumbent Ronald DeNapoli and new candidate Marybeth Canwell for the two-year position.

Meredith Boericke, from Hobart Avenue, has also taken out papers for the Library Board of Trustees, becoming the sixth person to run for the five-person board.

Boericke will potentially challenge incumbents Harold Randolph, Sonya Sunny Shaw, Ann Toland, Patricia Pilgrim, and new candidate Christian VanDerslice for the seat.

The Trustee position is a four-year term.

Although majority of the candidates will most likely be facing competition this election year, District 1 Councilor Charles Kokoros and District 3 Councilor Thomas Bowes have yet to have any potential competition.

Electric Light Board candidate and incumbent Anthony Agnitti are also currently unopposed. The two potential housing authority positions – filled by incumbents Marta Googins and Catherine Sullivan -- also have no competition.

Albion Fletcher is also the only person to run for a two-year Housing Authority seat vacated by the late Kenneth McHugh.

All candidates must submit signatures by Sept. 20 in order to be put on the ballot.

Councilors at large and school committee members must get 150 signatures - 25 from each council district (though it is recommended that they receive 30).

District councilors need to obtain 100 signatures from residents within their own districts. Finally, library trustees, electric light board members, and housing authority members need to get 50 signatures from anywhere within the town. It is suggested that they receive 75.

Elections will take place Nov. 8.

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