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Election 2018: Dracut Campaign Season Starts With a Bang

Feb 05, 2018 05:42PM ● By Bill Gilman

If the opening days of the nomination season are any indication, the 2018 Dracut Municipal Election promises to be lively.

Already, enough candidates have taken out nomination papers to make contested races for the Board of Selectmen and School Committee appear likely.

Dracut voters will go to the polls on Monday, May 7.

Incumbent Joe DiRocco Jr. is the only selectman up for re-election. He has already taken out nomination papers, as has potential challenger Philippe Thibault, a familiar face in Dracut politics.

For School Committee, incumbents Daniel O'Connell and Joseph Wilkie have both taken nomination papers to seek re-election. The first challenger to declare and take out papers is Susan Koufogazos.

Also taking out papers for re-election in the first few days was Housing Authority incumbent George Nangell and Dracut Water Supply District Commissioner William "Zee" Zielinski. No challengers have emerged thus far.

There are two seats up for grabs for the Parker Library Board of Trustees. To date, the only potential candidate to take out papers is challenger Gretchen Mayall.

No candidates have taken out papers for Town Moderator.
Nomination status, through Feb. 5:

                                                                            Has taken out papers      Papers Certified

Board of Selectmen (1 Seats/ 3 Year Term) 

I - Joe DiRocco Jr.                                                          YES                                     NO

Philippe Thibault                                                             YES                                     NO

School Committee (2 Seats/ 3-Year Term)  

I - Daniel O'Connell                                                          YES                                     NO

I - Joseph Wilkie                                                               YES                                    NO

Susan Koufogazos                                                            YES

Dracut Housing Authority (1 Seat/ 5-Year Term) 

I - George Nangell                                                             YES                                    NO

Trustee of Public Library  (2 Seats/ 3-Year Term) 

Gretchen Mayall                                                               YES                                    NO

Dracut Water Supply District

Commissioner (1 Seats/ 3-Year Term) 

I - William "Zee" Zielinski                                                    YES                                  NO

Monderator (1 Seat/ 3-Year Term) 

No candidates

The last day for candidates to file their nomination papers is Monday, March 19  before 5 p.m., at the Town Clerk’s Office. 

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