By Sue Ellen Woodcock
It looks like this election year is going to contain a few challenges, at least when it comes to races for councillor-at-large, as well as Ward 2, Ward 3, and Ward 5.
Candidates were allowed to start taking out nomination papers on May 1 and have until July 11 to submit signatures for certification by the Elections Department.
Political newcomer Anthony Cogliandro was the first to pull papers at 8:15 a.m. He is seeking the Ward 3 seat now held by Arthur Guinasso.
Newcomer Wayne Rose was the first the have his nomination papers signed and returned to the election clerk. Election Commissioner Diane Colella said those signatures have been certified. Rose is seeking one of the five councillor-at-large seats. All candidates have to obtain 50 signatures on their nomination papers.
Incumbents Steven Morabito, Jessica Giannino, Anthony Zambuto and Robert Haas Jr. have all taken out papers.
Incumbent Joanne McKenna took out her nomination papers for Ward 1 councillor.
Incumbent Ira Novoselsky had not yet taken out his papers for Ward 2 at press time. His challenger, Sebastian Giuseppe Mancuso, has taken out his nomination papers.
Ward 4 Councillor Patrick Keefe took out his papers.
In Ward 5, incumbent John Powers has taken out his papers and faces a challenge from newcomer Eric Lampedecchio.
For Ward 6, incumbent Charles Patch has taken out his nomination papers.
As of press time no one running for School Committee has taken out papers yet. School Committee incumbents include Carol Tye, Susan Gravellese, Michael Ferrante, Dan Maguire, Stacey Rizzo, and Frederick Sannella.
Jason Tait, director of Communications and Public Education from the Office of Campaign and Political Finance, will host a training session at 6 p.m. on June 27 at Revere City Hall in the Council Chambers.
Tait will provide an overview of the Campaign Finance Laws, the role of the municipal candidate, review of the organization and disclosure forms, filing deadlines and receipts and expenses so that all candidates will file the correct disclosure reports. Candidates can register for the meeting in the Election Office by noon on June 23.