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Town Election Changed to Special State Primary Date

Milford's Town Election is being moved from April 2 to coincide with the state's April 30 special primary election scheduled to pick a successor to former U.S Senator and now Secretary of State John Kerry. Town Clerk Amy Hennessy Neves said voters will only have to go to the polls once, but will have to vote twice in the two separate elections being held the same day.

The Board of Selectmen voted on February 25 to follow Neves's recommendation to combine the elections, resulting in saving the town $12,000 on extra police details, custodians and election workers. "I'm always in favor of saving the town some money," she said.

The challenges, Neves noted, will involve having separate voting lists at the check-in and check-out areas because there will be two separate elections conducted with two separate ballots. "We would be conducting the two separate elections side-by-side in each precinct," she said. "The voters would vote one day, two times, versus two separate elections."

Selectman Dino DeBartolomeis said Neves will need a good education process to make sure all voters know about the change. "I commend you for bringing it forward," he commented, calling the $12,000 savings "great."

Selectman William Buckley told Neves that "some of these challenges are not simple," but said he would support whatever she recommended. "I'm going to go, based on your recommendation," he said. "We're up for the challenge," Neves replied. "We'll do whatever needs to be done."

Special training will be held for both the Board of Registrars of Voters and the election workers, Neves explained. "With two check-ins and check-outs, there will be confusion," she said. Neves said she is looking to hire additional checkers, who will receive a $69 stipend for the day.

Neves said anyone who has changed their address since last November's presidential election should contact her office to make sure they will be eligible to vote on April 30.

"I think a good opportunity to save the town some money and offer a greater convenience to the residents," commented Chairman Brian Murray. Instead of having to go out and vote on April 2 and then again on April 30, people can "do it all in one trip," he added.

There are two contested races in the Town Election, both involving positions with three-year terms: For the Town Treasurer's position, incumbent Barbara Auger is being challenged by newcomer Michael Soares (Jonathan Bruce withdrew as a candidate.). Three people are running for the two available Library Trustee positions: Incumbent John Byrnes, newcomer Scott Vecchiolla and newcomer Ronald Auger.

In addition to these candidates, the following people have had their nomination papers certified by the Board of Registrars of Voters as candidates:

• Joseph Arcudi (incumbent) – Board of Assessors (three-year position)

• Gerald Hennessy (incumbent) – Board of Health (three-year position)

• Brian Murray (incumbent)– Board of Selectmen (three-year position)

• Richard Cenedella (incumbent) – Board of Sewer Commissioner (three-year position)

• Joseph Arcudi (incumbent), Barbara Clement (incumbent), Raymond Pagucci (incumbent) and Mark Calzaloia – Constable (three-year position)

• Samuel Bonasoro – Housing Authority (five-year position)

• Paul Pellegrini -- Park Commission (three-year position)

• Patrick Kennelly (incumbent) – Planning Board (five-year position)

• Patrick Holland (incumbent) and Joseph Morais – School Committee (three-year position)

• Marilyn Lovell (incumbent) and Scott Vecchiolla(incumbent) –Trustee of Vernon Grove Cemetery (three-year position)


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