With just a little over a week to go before the deadlines to pull nomination papers (Thu., July 16) and submit them for certification (Mon., July 20), a large slate of candidates is emerging, as every incumbent Councilor is facing a challenge from at least one challenger.
In all, 31 candidates have pulled papers so far, for the right to run for one of the 11 seats on the City Council.
On the School Committee things are decidedly slower, with only one race emerging so far.
The candidates who have pulled papers so far includes 14 for the six At-Large Council seats, including the six incumbents.
The complete list of candidates, with incumbents identified by an (I) after their names for At-Large Councilor is: Leo J. Barrett, Richard DellIsola (I), John F. Hanlon (I), Catherine Tomasi Hicks, Michael J. Mangan (I), Joseph Paul Marchese, Wayne A. Matewsky, Thomas F. Mills III, Julio R. Morris, Peter A. Napolitano (I), Peter Pietrantonio, Albert C. Ragucci, Cynthia E. Sarnie (I), and Daniel Skerritt.
In the Ward Councilor Races incumbent Ward 1 Councilor and current Council President Fred Capone is facing a challenge from Kenneth P. Giannelli. Incumbent Ward 2 Councilor Stephen Simonelli is facing four challengers including Shawn R. Coyle, Haley J. LaMonica, Jason Marcus and Dennis J. DiBiase.
In Ward 3, Incumbent Michael Marchese is facing a challenge from Anthony DiPierro and in Ward 4 Incumbent John Leo McKinnon is facing challenges from both Brian Rawlings and Carmine DeMaria.
Incumbent Ward 5 Councilor Rosa DiFlorio is facing a challenge from Joseph Pierotti and incumbent Ward 6 Councilor Salvatore Sachetta is facing a challenge from Michael McLaughlin.
The only race on the School Committee thus far is in Ward 1 where incumbent Allen Panarese is being pushed by Dana Springer.
All other School Committee seats are being sought, thus far, by the incumbents, with no challengers emerging as of July 6.