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