No contested races in upcoming Orange election

  • Downtown Orange, as seen in November.

Staff Writer
Published: 4/8/2021 3:49:16 PM

ORANGE — There are no contested races in this year’s town election, set for May 17.

Most positions have enough candidates to fill each available seat, while seven have no one running at all.

The election had been scheduled for March 1, but the Selectboard voted in November to move it to a date when the COVID-19 pandemic was expected to be more under control. Town Clerk Nancy Blackmer said keeping the election’s original date would have required people to go door-to-door during a potential coronavirus surge to collect the 25 signatures needed to get onto the ballot.

With the new election date, Blackmer explained all elected officials with expiring terms will hold office until May 17. She also said officeholders can resign if they don’t want to remain in their positions.

The election is slated to be held at St. Mary’s Parish Center at 20 West Myrtle St. Polls will be open from noon to 7 p.m.

Richard P. Sheridan and Andrew J. Smith are running for three-year seats on the Selectboard. Christopher J. Woodcock is once again running for a one-year stint as moderator, while Jane M. Peirce is running for re-election to her three-year position on the Board of Health.

Danielle M. Andersen and Stephanie J. Conrod are seeking re-election to their three-year seats on the Orange Elementary School Committee. Patricia A. Smith is doing the same for the Ralph C. Mahar Regional School District School Committee, sharing a race with Shannon M. Johnson.

Nathaniel J. Johnson is running for re-election to one of two three-year positions as a library trustee. Michael F. Hume is running for re-election as a water commissioner, while Michelle L. LeBlanc is running for cemetery commissioner. Scott A. Hubbard is running for re-election to his three-year term as a military-veteran trustee of soldiers’ memorials.

There are no candidates for an available one-year seat and an available two-year seat on the Elementary School Committee; the two-year seat on the Mahar School Committee; the five-year and two-year seats with the housing authority; and a three-year non-veteran position as a trustee of the soldiers’ memorials. Those interested in any of the remaining seats will need to run write-in campaigns.

Reach Domenic Poli at:
or 413-772-0261, ext. 262.

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