Town voters faced three key races when they went to the polls Saturday, April 5 -- for the Board of Selectmen, treasurer and School Committee.
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Two Arlington bloggers have issued endorsements. One predicts turnout and results. See links below under Opinion.
The League of Women Voters' Candidates' Night was held Thursday, March 20, at Town Hall. See the Candidates' Night video broadcast
Arlington Community Media, Inc. (ACMi) replays the debate periodically until Election Day on ACMi’s Government Channels 15 (RCN), 22 (Comcast) and 26 (Verizon).
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After a drawing at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, March 6, the order of the ballot was established. The clerk's office reports:
For selectmen, Daniel Dunn and Diane Mahon seek reelection to three-year seats. Challenging them is Robert Tosi Jr., who ran in 2012.
For treasurer, in the first contested race in 21 years for that office, incumbent Stephen Gilligan faces a challenge from Julie Dunn.
For School Committee, two incumbents, William Hayner and Paul Schlichtman, are vying for three three-year seats. Challengers are Michael Buckley and Jennifer Susse.
Buckley, 23 Nicod St., took out papers for School Committee on Feb. 10 and returned them Feb. 14. He ran for the committee in 2013, unsuccessfully, and received 3,082 votes.
Dunn, a 28-year Arlington resident and current grant writer/coordinator for the Arlington School Department, took out papers Friday, Jan. 17, to challenge Stephen Gilligan the longtime town treasurer for the three-year seat.
The last town election in which the treasurer's seat was contested was in 1993, the clerk's office said Jan. 27.
That year, Treasurer John J. Bilafer, in office since 1972, defeated Bruce Wright and Michael Rich. Bilafer got 5,272 votes, Wright 1,683 and Rich one.
In 1978, Joseph G. Ondish ran against Bilafer, who received 6,385 votes. Ondish got 50.
Leba Heigham, whose three-year School Committee term expires in April, did not take out papers by the deadline and did not respond to requests about whether she is running. She has been a member of the committee since 2008.
Seeking reelection, without opposition, are:
Stephanie Lucarelli, for town clerk, for three years;
Mary Winstanley O'Connor, for assessor, for one three-year seat; and
Daniel F. Brosnan Jr., for Arlington Housing Authority, for the lone five-year seat.
Complete unofficial ballot, including Town Meeting members
Campaign events already held
Dan Dunn kickoff Sunday, March 9, from 1 to 4 p.m., at the Masonic Temple, 19 Academy St.
Robert (Bob) Tosi Jr. rally on Sunday, March 9, 2 to 5 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 15 Winslow St.
Julie Dunn kickoff Sunday, March 2, 2 to 4 p.m., 38 Academy St.
Jennifer Susse kickoff, Sunday, March 2, 4 to 6 p.m., 50 Wyman St.
Diane Mahon kickoff at the American Legion, 370 Mass. Ave., on Saturday, Feb. 22, at 7 p.m.
Stephen Gilligan kickoff Sunday, Feb. 23, 2 to 5 p.m., Knights of Columbus Hall, 15 Winslow St.
2014 town election calendar | Past elections
April 4, 2014: Gilligan, Dan Dunn lead in Arlington campaign spending
April 2, 2014: Candidates' election participation
March 23, 2014: Links to three summaries about Candidates' Night
March 19, 2014: Support in treasurer's race
March 3, 2014: Michael Buckley
Feb. 25, 2014: Jennifer Susse
Feb. 17, 2014: Paul Schlichtman
Feb. 11, 2014: Diane Mahon
Feb. 4, 2014: Bill Hayner
Jan. 30, 2014: Stephen Gilligan
Jan. 27, 2014: Julie Dunn
Jan. 25, 2014: Bob Tosi Jr.
Jan. 23, 2014: Dan Dunn
April 5, 2014: Wes Beal updates turnout prediction
April 4, 2014: Avocado forecasts results
April 1, 2014: Advocado issues sporting predictions
March 29, 2014: Avocado endorses Tosi, Mahon, Town Meeting candidates
March 28, 2014: Wes Beal weighs in with endorsements, including Town Meeting
March 28, 2014: Avocado endorses Gilligan, Susse, Tosi
A look back at last year's election
In the 2013 town election, voters supported the nonbinding ballot question on Mass. Ave. by a close vote as Kevin Greeley won reelection to a record eighth term.
The question asking whether four lanes should be retained won, 4,334 to 4,097, but it was nonbinding, and officials could ignore it -- and did. The Mass. Ave. project is due to get underway this spring.
School Committee incumbents Kirsi Allison-Ampe and Judson Pierce won reelection to three-year seats, and newcomer Michael Buckley made a strong showing.
The nonbinding ballot question asking whether voters favored the overnight parking ban won by a strong margin, 5,254 to 3,000.
The turnout for the election was 28.66 percent; that is, of 30,069 registered voters, 8,619 ballots were cast.
For a chart showing turnouts in town elections since 2000, click here >> (scroll to the end).
Greeley's win, for his ninth term, set a town record, besting Charles Lyons. Greeley defeated Maria Romano, who lost for the fourth time in four years.
Unopposed candidates who won were Paul Schlichtman, for a one-year School Committee seat; John Leone, for town moderator; James Doherty, for the Board of Assessors; as well as Richard Murray and Bridgett James, for Housing Authority seats.
This story was published Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014, and updated April 6.
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