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Only one candidate in race for open Brookline selectman seat

Posted by Brock Parker  March 13, 2013 11:16 AM

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Neil Wishinsky will run unopposed in the race for an open Brookline Board of Selectmen seat this spring as the deadline passed Tuesday for candidates to submit nomination papers.

Wishinsky, a member of Brookline’s Advisory Committee, was the only candidate among four people to return nomination papers to the Town Clerk’s office by the deadline Tuesday, said Town Clerk Patrick Ward.

He will be the only candidate on the ballot to fill the selectman seat left vacant by Jesse Mermell, who stepped down in January to take a job with Gov. Deval Patrick’s administration.

The Town Election will be held on April 30, the same day as the special primary elections will be held to fill the US Senate seat vacated by John Kerry.

Four candidates will vie for three School Committee seats, but after 10 years on the committee, Henry Warren is not seeking re-election.

Incumbents Helen Charlupski and Susan Wolf Ditkoff will instead face challengers David Pollak, of Lancaster Terrace, and Laurence Onie, of Marshal Street.

Three incumbent library trustees will also face two challengers in a race for four seats. Incumbents Michael A. Burstein, Jennifer Rees, Judith A. Vanderkay, will run with challengers Puja P. Mehta and Magdalene M. Moran. Incumbent Roberta Winitzer is not seeking another term.

A number of precincts will also offer competitive races for Town Meeting seats in Brookline. A full list of the candidates can be found on the Town Clerk’s website.

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