NORTHBRIDGE, Mass. – The position of moderator is proving to be a hot commodity in Northbridge this election season, with three candidates throwing their names into the hat so far.
Incumbent Harold Gould, moderator for more than 35 years, took out papers for re-election last week. Former Selectmen John A. (Jack) Davis and Russell D. Collins are challenging him.
This will be Collins’ second attempt to unseat the longtime moderator.
Current Selectmen James J. Athanas and Charles Ampagoomian Jr. will seek re-election for three-year terms. They are facing challenges so far by John E. Brown, a member of the Conservation Commission.
School Committee member Timothy Doiron, appointed to fill a vacancy last year, has taken out papers for the one three-year term available this year.
Incumbent School Committee member Karen Peterson Kittredge has not yet indicated whether she will run for re-election.
John Patrick Shannahan took out papers to run for re-election to a five-year term on the Housing Authority.
Ronald L. Massey took out papers for a three-year, veteran position on the Trustees of Soldiers’ Memorials.
Available positions in the May 21 town election are:
• Two three-year terms on the Board of Selectmen.
• One three-year term on the School Committee. Two committee members are up for re-election, but only one position will be filled, as the town is reducing the nine-member board to five members.
• One three-year term as town moderator.
• Two three-year terms on the Planning Board, currently held by Barbara H. Gaudette and Richard P. Griggs.
• One three-year, nonveteran term on the Trustees of Soldiers’ Memorials, currently held by Jeff Allard.
• One five-year term on the Redevelopment Authority, currently unfilled.
• One four-year term on the Redevelopment Authority, currently unfilled.
• One three-year term on the Redevelopment Authority, currently unfilled.
• One two-year term on the Redevelopment Authority, currently unfilled.
• One five-year term on the Housing Authority.
The last day to obtain nomination papers is March 28. Papers must be returned to the registrar of voters with the signatures of at least 50 registered voters by 5 p.m. April 2.