Off to the races in Lenox ahead of town's May 6 election

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LENOX — They're off and running.

The town's three-month election season officially is open, with nomination papers available at Town Hall for multiple posts.

A high-profile contest is expected for the Select Board seat being vacated by Kenneth Fowler, the current chairman, who has confirmed that he will not seek a fourth three-year term.

Nomination papers also are available for a one-year post as town moderator, a position held by John McNinch. The moderator presides over annual and special town meetings, playing a key role as the decider on rules and procedures while keeping the sessions orderly and moving along.

Two three-year positions on the School Committee will be on the ballot for seats held by Robert Vaughan, the chairman, and David Rimmler. Vaughan already has taken out papers for another term.

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Also available is a three-year post on the Board of Health, where Dianne Romeo is the incumbent; a three-year slot on the Board of Assessors, held by Thomas Romeo; and a five-year Planning Board term for the seat held by Deborah Rimmler.

Candidates seeking to run for office can pick up nomination papers at Town Clerk Kerry Sullivan's office, 6 Walker St. The documents must be returned by 5 p.m. March 18 with 27 certifiable signatures of registered voters.

The annual town meeting is May 2 in the Duffin Theater at Lenox Memorial Middle and High School, and the town election is May 6.

The deadline to submit articles for the town meeting warrant is March 10. The deadline for unregistered voters to register for the town meeting and town election is 8 p.m. April 12.

Clarence Fanto can be reached at cfanto@yahoo.com, on Twitter @BE_cfanto or at 413-637-2551.


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