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Charlton candidates line up.

Byline: Debbie LaPlaca

The following correction was published March 20, 2007:

CHARLTON - Incumbent William O. Hultgren is being challenged for a seat on the Planning Board by Brian Gadbois. Because of a reporter's error, a story in some editions of the Telegram & Gazette yesterday misspelled their names.


CHARLTON - The deadline to submit nomination papers for the annual town election was 5 p.m. Friday and 21 candidates filed nomination papers for 19 positions.

Four candidates will vie for two three-year seats on the water-sewer commission. Incumbents J. Robert Gauthier and Michael G. Canty are seeking re-election and are challenged by Paul Gagner of Freeman Road and John W. Elliot, Sr. of Old Worcester Road. Mr. Gagner is a 36-year-resident making his first run for public office. Mr. Elliot could not be reached for additional information.

In the only other contest, incumbent William O. Hultren (SEE CORRECTION) seeks to retain a five-year seat on the Planning Board and is challenged by Brian Badbois (SEE CORRECTION) of Partridge Hill Road in his first bid for public office.

No one filed nomination papers for the open one-year term on the School Committee.

Incumbent Peter J. Boria, unopposed to retain his seat on the Board of Selectmen, served as chairman this year and is seeking his second three-year-term.

The library board of trustees will see two new faces in May. Newcomers Judith Zabinsky of T. Hall Road and Elizabeth Peppel of Wamsutta Ridge Road are running unopposed for three-year seats. Incumbents Cedric Flower and Gail Fanning, not seeking re-election, have each served one term and cited personal reasons for departure.

The Dudley-Charlton Regional School Committee, with three members from Dudley, has four members from Charlton with two three-year terms open at this time and a one-year term to open.

Having served two years of a three-year term, Geraldine D. Blum is relocating out of state and will resign in May. In his first run for public office, Joseph Spiewak of Osgood Road is unchallenged to fill the remaining one year of Ms. Blum's term.

Joanne E. Powell, who is completing her second three-year term, is not seeking re-election due to career opportunities.

Geraldine A. Nowicki, who currently holds the one-year seat, will run unopposed for the three-year seat held by Ms. Powell.

No one filed papers for the one-year term.

Other incumbents running unopposed for three-year terms are: Nelson Burlingame for board of health; Stephen Coleman for board of assessors; John Perkins for recreation commission; Kristen L. Russell-May for cemetery commission; Gail M. Foley for constable, and Bayne A. Booker for constable.

Cathleen Kuehl is running unopposed to retain a five-year seat on the Housing Authority.

Also running unopposed are: Warren Snow Jr. for a one-year seat on the recreation commission; Jason Sciarappa for a two-year seat on the cemetery commission, and Carol Smeltzer for a four-year seat on the housing authority. These candidates currently have been appointed to these respective boards to fill vacancies.

The annual election is set for 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. May 5 at the Heritage School, 34 Oxford Road. The last day to register to vote is April 13.

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Publication:Telegram & Gazette (Worcester, MA)
Date:Mar 19, 2007
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