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Election 2018: New Race Takes Shape, As More Candidate Pull Papers

Feb 14, 2018 05:57PM ● By Bill Gilman
After an initial flurry, the nomination period for the Dracut Municipal Election has slowed a bit.
However, new candidates have pulled papers and at least one new, contested election is taking shape.
Frederick Spicer Jr. has taken out nomination papers for a five-year term on the Dracut Housing Authority. He is challenging incumbent George Nangell, who had previously pulled papers.
Also throwing their hat in the ring is Peter Natsios, who has pulled papers for the position of Dracut Water District Moderator. As of Feb. 13, Natsios was the only candidate.
James Nolan has pulled papers, becoming the second potential candidate for the Library Board of Trustees.
No change at the top of the ballot, where Philippe Thibault and incumbent Joe DiRocco are the only candidates to pull papers for one three-year term on the Board of Selectmen. And Susan Koufogazos remains the only challenger to incumbents Daniel O'Connell and Joseph Wilkie for two three-year terms on the School Committee.
There is still more than a month for candidates to pull nomination papers and return them to the Town Clerk's office with the needed signatures.
Voters will go to the polls May 3.

Nomination status, through Feb. 13:

                                                                            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

Frederick Spicer                                                                 YES                                   NO

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

Gretchen Mayall                                                               YES                                    NO

James W. Nolan                                                                YES                                   NO

Dracut Water Supply District

Commissioner (1 Seats/ 3-Year Term) 

I - William "Zee" Zielinski                                                    YES                                  NO

Monderator (1 Seat/ 3-Year Term) 

Peter Natsios                                                                      YES                                  NO

The last day for candidates to file their nomination papers is Monday, March 19  before 5 p.m., at the Town Clerk’s Office. Candidates must have the signatures of 50 registered Dracut voters. 

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