By Sue Ellen Woodcock
The local election scene begins in earnest on May 1 when candidates for offices can take out nomination papers starting at 8:15 a.m.
Voters will go to the polls in this year’s municipal election, that will not include a mayoral race on November 7 if a preliminary election is not required on September 12.
According to Election Commissioner Diane Colella, the offices appearing on the ballot are City Councillors, all Ward Councillors and School Committee.
A Preliminary Election will be held if there are more than two candidates in any Ward race or 10 seeking Councillor at Large or 12 seeking the School Committee.
Up for election on the city council are councillors-at-large Jessica Gianinno, Steve Morabito, George Rotondo. Robert Haas Jr. and Anthony Zambuto. In the ward races Joanne McKenna is seeking to continue to represent Ward 1; Ira Novoselsky for Ward 2; Arthur Guinasso for Ward 3; Patrick Keefe for Ward 4; John Powers for Ward 5 and Charles Patch for Ward 6.
School Committee incumbents include Carol Tye, Susan Gravellese, Michael Ferrante, Dan Maguire, Stacey Rizzo, and Frederick Sannella.
So far, a couple of potential candidates have been rumored, including former Mayor Dan Rizzo and resident Wayne Rose seeking councillor-at-large positions, and Anthony Cogliandro will be running for a seat in Ward 3.
All candidates have to obtain 50 signatures on their nomination papers.
Poll workers wanting to work the upcoming Elections should be sure to submit their completed tests to the Election Department.
In addition, 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. Nomination forms are due back in the Election Office by July 11 at 5 p.m. During the last municipal election in 2015 there were 25,544 registered voters with 10,412 ballots cast. In the Councillor at Large race in 2015, Giannino topped the ticket with 5,437 votes, followed closely with 4,576 votes for Rotondo. No one was contested in the ward races and Powers drew the most interest with 1,434 votes.
In the School Committee race of 2015, Carol Tye topped the ticket with 4,701 votes followed by Ferrante with 4,477 votes and Gravellese with 4,160 votes.