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Election 2019: Nomination Period Off To A Slow Start In Dracut

Feb 06, 2019 06:06PM ● By Bill Gilman


The nomination season for the 2019 Dracut Municipal Election is off to a bit of a slow start, with just a handful of candidates taking out nomination papers on the first few days they were available.

With two seats (3-year terms) up for grabs on the Board of Selectmen, incumbents Tony Archinski and Jesse Forcier have made their re-election bids official by taking out nomination papers. But thus far, no one has stepped up to challenge.

Similarly, two seats (3-year terms) are up for grabs on the School Committee, with incumbents Betsy Murphy and Allison Volpe already taking out nomination papers. Again, no challengers have stepped up, so far.

There is one seat, with a 5-year term, on the ballot for the Dracut Housing Authority. The incumbent is Jesse Forcier, but he has yet to take out papers for that position. The only person to step up, thus far, is Fred Spicer, who ran, unsuccessfully, for a seat on the DHA in 2018.

In the Dracut Water Supply District Election, incumbent Bob Corey is the only candidate, thus far, to take out nomination papers for the single 3-year term on the ballot.

Nomination papers for both the Town and the DWSD Elections are available at the Dracut Town Clerk’s Office, 62 Arlington St. Nomination papers must be returned to the Town Clerk's Office for certification by end of business on Monday, March 18.

Both the Municipal Election and the Dracut Water Supply District Election will take place on May 6.

Ballot Status as of Feb. 5, 2019:

Selectman (2) Three Year Term

I -- Jesse Forcier (P)

I -- Tony Archinski (P)

School Committee (2) Three-Year Term

I -- Allison Volpe (P)

I -- Betsy Murphy (P)

Moderator (1) Three Year Term

Dracut Housing Authority (1) Five Year Term

Fred Spicer (P)

Trustee of the Public Library (1) Three Year Term


Commissioner (1) Three Year Term

I -- Bob Corey (P)


I - Incumbent

P - Pulled Papers

R - Returned Papers

B - Officially on the ballot

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