Candidates file for aldermen seats in NashuaBy KIMBERLY HOUGHTON
Union Leader Correspondent
September 06. 2013 9:31PM
NASHUA — With the filing period closed on Friday, all but one aldermen's race will be contested in the fall election.
There have been some last-minute changes in the Ward 1 race for alderman, as candidate Corey Genest has withdrawn his name from the ballot. That will leave incumbent Kathryn Vitale to try and secure her seat against Sean McGuinness of Shelburne Road.
In Ward 2, incumbent Richard Dowd will square off against Elenore Casey Crane of Burnside Street.
For Ward 3, Paul Shea of Tolles Street and David Schoneman of Webster Street will battle it out for that alderman seat, as incumbent Diane Sheehan will try to secure an at-large alderman position.
In Ward 4, incumbent Arthur Craffey Jr. will go up against state Rep. Pamela Brown for that position.
Earlier this year, Brown secured a vacant seat for a Hillsborough County District 31 House of Representatives position.
"I really believe that understanding the needs of our city and how the municipal operations run will help me be a better representative for Nashua," Brown said. "It will be nice to get out there and talk to the citizens and find out what is working in the city and what needs to change."
For Ward 5, Alderman Mike Tabacsko will square off against Michael Soucy of Roseann Circle.
In Ward 6, Alderman Paul Chasse will face off against Kathy Snyder of Jalbert Drive.
Ward 7 incumbent June Caron will run unopposed in the November election, as no one registered to run against her. This will be the only uncontested alderman race on the ballot.
In Ward 8, incumbent Mary Ann Melizzi-Golja will face off against Jonathan Currier of New Searles Road.
Currier has been a member of the Nashua Zoning Board for several years and previously served on the city's Conservation Commission.
"I'd like to offer the voters a choice," said Currier, who described himself as fiscally conservative. If elected, Currier said that he would focus on creating a "positive synergy" on the board, as he hopes to elevate the board to a higher level of respect.
For Ward 9, Ken Siegel of Lamb Road will take on Jeffrey Cox of Colleen Road for the spot. Incumbent Dan Moriarty will be trying for an at-large position.
Three at-large aldermen positions are available. Incumbents David Deane, Barbara Pressly and Mark Cookson will try to secure their seats, with Moriarty, Sheehan and former alderman Paula Johnson also trying to obtain a spot.
There are four Board of Education positions up for reelection, including four-year terms now filled by David Murotake, Thomas Vaughan, Sandra Ziehm and Dennis Ryder. Murotake, Vaughan, Ryder, Ziehm, Dotty Oden and George Farrington were verified as candidates at the close of Friday's business day.
Nashua's municipal general election is slated for Nov. 5.