Petitions in for Town Meeting ballot
by Lauren Harkawik
Feb 06, 2018 | 1681 views | 0 0 comments | 99 99 recommendations | email to a friend | print
DOVER - This week marked the deadline for petitions to run for elected public positions, which will be voted by Australian ballot on Town Meeting day, March 6. In Dover, two selectboard seats will be voted on, with one contested race. Other elected positions to be voted on in March include library trustees, town auditor, town moderator, school moderator, school directors, the town agent, the trustee of public funds, and grand juror.

The Dover Selectboard has seen several changes over the past year. When former chair Randall Terk resigned in July, the board appointed Sarah Shippee to fill his seat for the remainder of his term. In November, board member Tom Baltrus resigned, and the board appointed Dan Baliotti to fill his seat until Town Meeting.

Baliotti will be on the ballot to stay on the selectboard in a three-year seat in a contested race against first-time candidate Candis Muuss. Though Baliotti was appointed by the board in November, this will be his first time on the ballot for selectboard. The same goes for Shippee, who is running uncontested for a two-year selectboard appointment.

School board members Jolene Mahon and Johnny Cleanthes are running for two- and three-year terms, respectively. Though the Dover School will officially become part of the River Valleys Unified School District in July 2019, the Dover School Board may have business to wrap up beyond that date. Mahon and Cleanthes both currently serve on the board and are running uncontested.

Several prospective library trustees will be on the ballot, including Ed Brookman for a five-year term, Nancie McLean for a five-year term that has four years remaining, and Cynthia Cohen for a five-year term with three years remaining. Brookman, Cohen, and McLean were all appointed in the past year. This will be the first time on the ballot as library trustee for all three.

Incumbents include auditor Linda Sherman, town moderator Richard Werner, school moderator Sarah Shippee, town agent Linda Holland, and trustee of public funds Marco Tallini. Town Clerk Andy McLean will be on the ballot to fill a vacant grand juror term of one year.

Town Meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 6, at 10 am, at Dover Town Hall. Polls will be open for Australian ballot voting from 10 am to 7 pm.

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