Annual Town Election Candidates and Caucuses

Hopkinton’s Annual Town Election is coming up on Monday, May 16. Several candidates have already taken out and returned nomination papers to secure a spot on the ballot. Other candidates may be waiting for the April 8 political party caucuses to try to win their party’s nomination and a spot on the ballot. This is an important election year and there is a lot of voter interest. Please try to attend your party’s caucus to help choose the best candidates to go on the ballot. There are still some offices without enough candidates, if you are willing to make the volunteer time commitment please consider stepping up or encourage others to put themselves on the ballot.

The Hopkinton Republican Town Committee will hold its caucus on Friday, April 8 at 5:00-7:00 pm in Room 211 at Town Hall. The Republican Caucus is open to all registered Republicans and unenrolled voters. For further information or to be placed on the Republican caucus ballot, contact Ken Weismantel, Chairman, at 508 435-5725 prior to April 7 at 8:00 pm. Read more at http://hcam.tv/news/republican-caucus-april-8

The Hopkinton Democratic Town Committee will hold its caucus for registered Democrats on Friday, April 8 at the Fire Station Meeting Room at 7:30 pm. If you have any questions about the meeting, the caucus, or running for office, please contact Muriel Kramer, Chairman of the Hopkinton Democratic Town Commitee at 508-435-0477 or Dick Duggan at 508-435-4007 (or dduggan47@gmail.com). Read more at http://hcam.tv/news/hopkinton-democrats-called-caucus

Offices and Candidates on the Ballot for May 16:

Selectmen – 1 position – 3 year term
Richard MacDonald (R)
Francis D’Urso (D)

Board of Assessors – 1 position – 3 year term
John L. Palmer (U) (Incumbent)

Board of Health – 1 position – 3 year term
Mark H. Gates (R) (Incumbent)

Board of Library Trustees – 5 positions – 1, 2 or 3 year terms
Marie Eldridge (U) (Currently an Appointed Trustee)
Leda Arakelian (R)
Mike McNamara (R)
Two More Candidates Needed
The two candidates with the greatest number of votes will serve 3 years, the two candidates with the second greatest number of votes will serve 2 years, the candidate with the third greatest number of votes will serve 1 year.

Cemetery Commissioner – 1 position – 3 year term
Claire B. Wright (R) (Incumbent)

Commissioner of Trust Fund – 1 position – 3 year term
Mary Arnaut (D)

Housing Authority – 1 position – 5 year term
Candidate Needed
At least one candidate is expected to seek their party’s nominations at the caucus. Read more in The Crier

Parks and Recreation Commission – 2 positions – 3 year term
Two Candidates Needed
At least two candidates are expected to seek their party’s nominations at the caucus. Read more in The Crier

Planning Board – 2 positions – 5 year term
Claire B. Wright (R) (Incumbent)
Brian Karp (R)

Planning Board Unexpired Term – 1 position – until 2013
Christian Ollenborger (R)

School Committee – 2 positions – 3 year term
Nancy Burdick (R) (Incumbent)
Richard P. deMont (D) (Incumbent)
Scott Aghababian* (R)
* Candidate did not turn in completed nomination papers, but may run in his party’s caucus.