LENOX -- Soon, they'll be off and running as another town election season gets underway.

Nomination papers are now available at Town Hall for openings and potentially contested seats on the Select Board, the School Committee and five other positions.

Candidates must obtain at least 38 signatures of currently registered voters to appear on the ballot for the May 5 vote -- with the exception of slates fielded by local party caucuses, said Town Clerk Jenifer Picard.

On the Select Board, one open seat for a three-year term is up for grabs as John McNinch, owner of the Olde Heritage Tavern, plans to wind up six years of service and not seek re-election.

Also on the ballot will be the three-year Select Board seat now held by David Roche, the current chairman. "I'm leaning toward running again," Roche said.

Two School Committee seats held by incumbents Don Fitzgerald and Michael Moran also could be contested, as well as Stephen Sample's Planning Board position. Mary Jane Pignatelli's seat on the Board of Health, Wayne Lemanski's slot on the Board of Assessors and Hugh Cowhig's post as town moderator. All are three-year terms, except for town moderator, which is on the ballot annually.

In addition, a Planning Board seat held by Kameron Spaulding, who was elected last May when Kimberly Flynn vacated the post, will be on the ballot for a three-year term.

As of midday Wednesday, no candidates had taken out nomination papers, said Picard. But there's plenty of time, since the deadline to submit the papers isn't until Monday, March 17.

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