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McElreath Again Seeking Town Clerk’s Office

Upton Town Clerk Kelly McElreath is again running for the Town Clerk's office. She will seek out the office for another three year term during Upton's Town Election scheduled for April 25. McElreath has been in the position for 12 years. As of February 21, she is the only candidate who has taken out and returned nomination papers for the Town Clerk's seat.

In addition to McElreath, incumbent Robert Richard has returned his completed nomination papers for another three-year term for Cemetery Commission. A number of other Upton incumbents have also taken out nomination papers, including Board of Selectman Ken Picard for another three-year term, Glen Fowler for Assessor of Taxes for three years, and Judith Katz and Kathleen Kelley for two of the Library Trustee seats for three years. Gary Bohan has taken out his nomination papers for the five-year seat on the Planning Board as has Linda Jones for the five year seat on the Housing Authority.

Some newcomers, who may be seeking election, have taken out nomination papers. They include Richard Robinson for the Board of Health's three-year term, Sherry Berger is the incumbent; and Michael Oliver for the Commissioner of Trust Funds for three years, Harvey Trask is the incumbent. In addition, newcomers Sandy Hakala and Steven Driver have taken out nomination papers for two of the five Constable offices; the incumbents are Karen Varney, James Bates Sr., Barbara Burke, Alfred Holman, and James Comfort.

Other offices up for re-election include Town Moderator for one year, David Loeper is the incumbent; Mendon Upton Regional School District Committee for three years, Heather Applegate is the incumbent; Recreation Commissioner for three years, Paul Pirozzi is the incumbent; Library Trustee for three years, Linda White is the incumbent; and Finance Committee for three years, Jonathan Graves is the incumbent.

All completed nomination papers must be returned to the Town Clerk by 5 p.m. on Monday, March 12. Nomination papers must contain 33 registered voters' signatures and their addresses. Residents may sign more than one nomination paper. The last day for candidates to withdraw from the election is Thursday, March 28, by 5 p.m.

The April 25 Town Election date coincides with the state's Senate Primary, which will also take place that day to eventually fill the seat vacated by former Senator John Kerry, who was recently appointed U.S. Secretary of State.

The last day for residents to register to vote in the Town Election or the State Primary is Wednesday, April 10. The Town Clerks' office will have extended hours that day from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

For any questions on voter status, contact the Town Clerk's office at 508-529-3565 or mail kmcelreath@uptonma.gov. Town Clerk office hours are Monday and Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Tuesday and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8. The office is closed on Friday.




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