WINCHESTER — An eight-way race will determine two seats on the town’s board of selectmen. Residents Brandon Day, Tory W. Frazier, Ben Kilanski, Robert Leustek, William A. “Bill” McGrath, Richard C. Pratt, Herbert “Chan” Stephens and Raymond C. Williams have filed for the three-year terms up for election in March.
The positions are filled by Theresa G. Sepe, who won’t seek re-election, and Stephens.
Also, the five-member board will appoint a third selectman following the resignation of Kenneth Berthiaume, which takes effect today.
Berthiaume, in the first of a three-year term, submitted his resignation earlier this month, but it came after the filing period for elected town offices had closed.
The town’s attorney, Barton L. Mayer of Concord, told voters at Saturday’s deliberative session that even though town elections are next month, selectmen would have to appoint someone to fill Berthiaume’s seat for a year because his resignation came after the filing period.
Then someone would be elected at town meeting next year to finish the final year of Berthiaume’s term.
Berthiaume said Saturday he decided to resign for health reasons, including a hearing impairment. He said he no longer felt he was able to do the job voters elected him to do, because of the problem, he said.
“I hate to leave, but there comes a time,” he said. “I wasn’t serving them as well as I could.”
Also to be decided by voters is a race for a one-year term on the Conant Library Board of Trustees that pits Denis V. Murphy 2nd and Linda Chase.
Murphy is also running unopposed for a one, two-year term as town moderator.
Gustave A. “Gus” Ruth and Michael Doherty are running for two, three-year terms on the planning board; Marcia Racine and Bonnie G. Leveille are running for two, three-year terms on the Conant Library Board of Trustees; Joan Gratton is running for one, three-year term on the Thayer Library Board of Trustees; Bridget E. Pearce is running for one, three-year term for supervisors of the checklist; Valerie S. Cole is running for one, three-year term on the Musterfield Cemetery Committee; and James M. Tetreault is running for one, three-year term for town clerk and tax collector.
No one filed to run for one, three-year term on the Conant Library Board of Trustees; one, three-year term as a trustee of trust funds; one, three-year term on the Thayer Library Board of Trustees; and one, one-year term on the Thayer Library Board of Trustees.
Town elections are March 8, town meeting day.
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