Photo: The ballot has been set for the Belmont Town Election, 2021
Races for School Committee, Board of Health and Housing Board highlight the 2021 Belmont Town Election as Town Clerk Ellen Cushman closed the nomination process at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 16.
Five candidates, including the two incumbents – Tara Donner and Evelyn Gomez – will be seeking the pair of seats on the school committee. The race will pit the current committee’s “safety first” approach to introducing students back to school during the COVID-19 pandemic against a pair of candidates – Meghan Moriarty and Jamal Saeh – who believe children can safely be placed back in classrooms now.
One town-wide office that will not be contested is the Select Board as three-term board member Mark Paolillo will return to the three-person council since retiring in 2019. Also, Mike Widmer will be seeking his 13th one-year term as Town Moderator.
Over on the Town Meeting side of the ledger, both precincts 5 and 6 will have a donnybrook on Election Day, April 6, as 15 candidates will be seeking 12 seats. The number of open seats that will require write-ins this year is limited to Precinct 7 with three 3 year openings and a partial 2 year opening in Precinct 4.
The Town-wide offices up for grabs on April 6 include:
* = incumbent
Moderator (1 year)
Mike Widmer *
Select Board (one for 3 years)
Board of Assessors (one for 3 years)
Cemetery Commissioners (one for 3 years)
Ellen O’Brien Cushman *
Board of Health (one for 3 years)
Stephen Fiore *
Housing Board (one for 5 years)
Anne Mahon *
Housing Board (one for 4 years)
Library Trustee (two for 3 years)
Elaine Allgood *
Corinne McCue Olmsted *
School Committee (two for 3 years)
Tara Donner *
Evelyn Gomez *