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Newcomers Taking Out Nomination Papers in Mendon

An interesting Town Election could be shaping up in Mendon as a few newcomers have pulled nomination papers. As of February 21, Kevin Rudden has pulled his nomination papers for the Mendon Upton Regional School Committee's three-year seat; the incumbent is Kathleen Drennan. Additionally, Mark Reil has pulled nomination papers for the Board of Selectmen's three-year seat; the incumbent is Mike Ammendolia. In 2011, Reil ran against Lawney Tinio as a write-in candidate but lost.

Mendon's election is scheduled for May 14. In addition to the School Committee and Selectmen's offices, 11 other offices are up for re-election. A number of current office holders have pulled their nomination papers and include Andrew Fiske for the three-year seat for Board of Health; Dwight Watson for the three-year seat for Water Commissioner; Amy Fahey for Taft Library Trustee for three years; James Quirk for Planning Board for three years; and Howard Phipps for Tree Warden for three years.

Other seats up for re-election include Moderator for one year, Jay Byer is the incumbent; Assessor for three years, Kenneth O'Brien is the incumbent; Park Commissioner for three years, Susan G. Barnett is the incumbent; Taft Public Library Trustee for three years, Katherine W. Carlson is the incumbent; Taft Public Library Trustee for one year, Daniel Gilmore is the incumbent; and Housing Authority for five years, Mary F. Garagliano is the incumbent.

All nomination papers must be returned to the Town Clerk by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, March 26.

Candidates are required to have 25 signatures from registered Mendon voters. Any resident signing nomination papers must sign in person and as registered, or substantially as registered, and shall state the address where he or she is currently living with street and number included; no P.O. boxes allowed. Registered voters may sign more than one nomination paper for the same office. The last day for a candidate to withdraw from the election is Thursday, April 11.

Residents who are not registered to vote may do so in the Town Clerk's office during regular office hours, in any town clerk's office in Massachusetts, at the Registry of Motor Vehicles, at certain state agencies, or by using the mail-in registration form. The mail-in form is available at the Mendon Post Office, the Taft Public Library, and at any town or city hall in Massachusetts.

The last day to register to vote in the May 14 Annual Town Election and Friday, May 3 Annual Town Meeting is Friday, April 12. The Town Clerk's office will be open from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m. on that day to register voters

Those who have any questions about their voting status should call the Town Clerk's office at 508 473-1085 before April 12, or email at

The Town Clerk's regular business hours are Monday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The office is closed on Friday.


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