Selectman’s race likely in Shelburne

SHELBURNE — A selectman’s race appears to be likely this spring, since a second candidate has taken out nomination papers for that office.

Incumbent Joseph Judd will face a challenge from James Gamache of Mohawk Trail in the bid for a three-year term on the Board of Selectmen. Gamache is an electrician who has lived in Shelburne since childhood. He also ran for a selectman’s position in 2007.

Nomination papers are now available for those who would like to run for town office, and this year’s election will see some important offices change hands.

After 21 years in office, Town Clerk Beverly Neeley is not seeking re-election. The town clerk’s position is for a one-year term.

Also, Planning Board Chairman V. Matthew Marchese will not be running for re-election. His Planning Board seat is for a five-year term.

So far, said Neeley, incumbent Selectman Joseph Judd and incumbent Assessor Joseph Mattei have both taken out nomination papers for re-election to three-year terms.

Besides the above positions, the following town offices are up for election on May 19. The incumbents’ names are listed, although Neeley has not yet been told if they are seeking re-election:

Recreation Committee Norman Beebe, five-year seat; moderator Sylvia Smith, one year; Tree Warden James T. Richardson, one year; Housing Authority vacant seat, for a five-year term; and two Shelburne Free Public Library Trustee positions, both for three-year terms, held by Sherry Taylor and Debra Washer.

Neeley noted that this year’s annual election is smaller than usual, because none of the School Committee or constable seats come up for election.

All nomination papers must be filled out and returned to the town clerk’s office by April 1.

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