By Sue Ellen Woodcock
With only four months until the local election will be held on Nov. 7, longtime School Board member Dan Maguire shocked the local political scene when he announced that he will not be seeking re-election.
The remaining candidates who will appear on the ballot have had their nomination signatures certified by Revere Election Commissioner Dianne Colella.
The Councillor-at-Large race appears to be the one to watch with 12 candidates vying for five seats on the council. Incumbents include Jessica Giannino, Steve Morabito, George Rotondo and Anthony Zambuto. Challenging for the seats are Todd Braid, John Correggio, Nick Moulaison Sr., David Jose Ramos, Dimple Rana, Dan Rizzo, Wayne Rose and Michael Zaccaria.
Candidates for Councillor-at-Large will face off in a primary on Sept. 12. So far, voters will be having to cast their ballots in the primary for this contest only. If there happens to be a flurry of activity, other seats could also have a primary.
In Ward 1 incumbent Joanne McKenna will face a challenge from Cheryl Whittredge.
In Ward 2, incumbent Ira Novoselsky appears to be safe from any challenges. Ward 4 Councillor Patrick Keefe also has no challenger.
In Ward 3 incumbent Arthur Guinasso faces a challenge from Anthony Cogliandro. In Ward 5 incumbent John Powers is facing a challenge from Eric Lampedecchio and in Ward 6 incumbent Charles Patch Sr. is facing a challenge from Arthur DeMattia.
In the School Committee race, incumbent Dan Maguire has withdrawn from the race as has newcomer Maria Monserrat Hood.
Running for School Committee are incumbents Michael A. Ferrante, Susan J. Gravellese, Stacey A. Rizzo, Frederick A. Sannella and Carol A. Tye. Challengers for School Committee are Glenn P. Lacedra, Stephen F. Reardon, Albert J. Terminiello and Gerry Visconti.
The last day for candidates to have nomination papers certified is July 25.
There will be no mayoral election as Mayor Brian Arrigo is in second year of a four year term.
Now candidates can begin campaigning in earnest and voters will be seeing how the races will play out.